Rioja

Varietal: Tempranillo, Graciano

Rioja DOC – SPAIN

Winemaker: ALFREDO GONZALEZ
Winery: BODEGAS CASTILLO DE FUENMAYO

DESCRIPTION

Gran Familia Rioja comes from Bodegas Castillo de Fuenmayor, located near Briones at the heart of Rioja Alta. This winery belongs to a family with one of the longest traditions in Rioja winemaking and our winemaker has access to some of the finest wines in Rioja.

TASTING NOTES

It is a bright cherry red wine with garnet tints. Ripe red fruit with sweet herbs and hints of spice. This is a savoury wine with hints of herb, spicy fruit and fresh acidity. A touch of vanilla leads to a rounded lingering finish.

FOOD MATCH

A great accompaniment to grilled meats, cheese and pasta dishes.

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

The vines, with an average age of 25 years, are grown in top class Rioja Alta vineyards with soils composed of clay and limestone. The grapes are picked between mid-September and the end of October. The juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks with the temperature controlled at 26 ̊c. When fermentation is complete, the wine is racked into barrels for 8 months. Selection of barrels is of particular importance in Rioja where oak is such a critical element in winemaking. For Gran Familia we chose to put 50% of the wine into American oak barrels and 50% into French oak barrels. This results in the perfect balance of fruit and oak

TECHNICAL DATA

Varietals: Tempranillo 90%, Graciano 10%
ALC: 12.5%
RS: 1.9 G/L
PH: 3.7
Malolactic: Yes

Las Primas, Tempranillo

Varietal: Tempranillo

Appellation: Vinos de España

Winemaker: Meritxel Vila
Winery: Reserva de la Tierra

DESCRIPTION

Gran Familia Las Primas is an easy-drinking, food-friendly Spanish red created in Catalunya, north eastern Spain. The producer is one of the biggest and best in the country and we have sold many millions of bottles in European markets over the years.

TASTING NOTES

This wine displays a brilliant dark violet colour. Its nose has concentrated aromas of red fruits such as strawberries, cherries and liquorice. In the mouth it is savoury, expansive, fresh and smooth, with a hint of acidity. This wine has a great balance between fruit and tannins.

FOOD MATCH

Pasta and rice dishes, grilled meats and a variety of tapas small plates, including the spicy variety.

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

Once grapes are harvested and taken to the winery, they are crushed and pressed. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks is for 12-15 days at temperatures controlled between 23-24C. There is no contact with oak for this vibrant young wine.

TECHNICAL DATA

Varietal: 100% Tempranillo
ALC:  12%
RS: 4.5 g/l
PH: 3.5
MALOLACTIC: Yes

Las Primas, Airen Sauvignon Blanc

Varietal: 60% Airen, 40% Sauvignon Blanc

Appellation: Vinos de España

Winemaker: Meritxel Vila
Winery: Reserva de la Tierra

DESCRIPTION

A well balanced and softly aromatic Spanish white from the coastal region of Catalunya in north eastern Spain.  Suitable for a range of informal drinking occasions.

TASTING NOTES

Bright white wine with a pale straw yellow colour and green hints. Intense aromas of white fruits such as pears and apple, with slight mineral and tropical notes, adding a little complexity to the wine. It has a creamy mouthfeel, but above all, is a refreshing, easy-drinking dry white.

FOOD MATCH

Chicken, fresh seafood and paella. Salads and vegetable dishes.

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

Very fruity and aromatic grapes are harvested by machine in early September. Several hours of cool maceration on arrival after gentle pressing. 7 days fermentation at 12-14C.

TECHNICAL DATA

Varietal: Varietal: 60% Airen, 40% Sauvignon Blanc
ALC:  11%
RS: 3.5 g/l
PH: 3.45
MALOLACTIC: No

Crianza, Catalunya

Varietals: Garnacha and Syrah
Vintage: 2015
D.O.: Catalunya
Winemaker: Meritxell Vila
Winery: Reserva de la Tierra

TASTING NOTES

Colour: Deep ruby red with purple highlights.
Nose: The typical cherry aromas of the Garnacha and Syrah grapes combined with subtle hints of toasted coconut and spices from the oak ageing.
Palate: Dry and medium bodied, it is smooth, fruity and easy to drink, leaving a clean finish.

FOOD MATCH

Perfect with lasagne and other pasta dishes, grilled red meat, and mature cheeses. Enjoy now, or cellar for up to 2 years.

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

The vineyards are on average 25 years planted and are rooted in clay soils with some limestone and loose stones. 

2015 was an excellent year although a bit short in volume. After a hot July , August and September were less hot with some rain but grapes ripened perfectly with no rot or disease and were harvested in mid-October.

At the winery cellars, the fruit is macerated for a few hours prior to fermentation, which last for 12-15 days. Maturation is in American oak barrels for 6 months.

TECHNICAL DATA

Varietal: 50% Garnacha 50% Syrah
Oak ageing: 6 months
ALC: 13%
RS: 4.9 g/l
pH: 3.5

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