Pretium Rioja Blanco 2018

Traditional Price €35
WineSpark Price €20.37
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One of the sneaky big sellers of the first year of WineSpark was white Rioja. So I was overjoyed when I came across this gem at the Barcelona wine fair.

It’s made by the extremely talented Berta Valgañon, in the far northwest corner of Rioja. 

This is a wild and remote place - with unpredictable weather. In August it gets as low as 2°C at night, with extremely hot days. This variation in day/night temperature gives the grapes a real intensity of flavour and freshness.

Berta hand-picks the grapes from a single vineyard plot, planted by her great-grandfather 120 years ago. It’s a field blend of 45% Viura, 45% Malvasia and 10% Calagraño. It’s aged in old oak barrels for 11 months, 6 of which is on its lees.

The wine ends up distinctly fresh and fruity, with a lovely subtle smoky and nutty nose from the oak. On the palate it’s full and intense, with a satisfyingly long saline finish.

If you love white Burgundy but you’re after something a bit different, give this a try. And 93 points from Tim Atkin MW - high praise indeed.

Wine type White
Grape(s) 45% Viura, 45% Malvasía of Rioja and 10% Calagraño
Country Spain
Region of origin Rioja
Vintage 2018
Alcohol % 13.5
Oak? Yes
Months in Oak 11
Type of Oak French oak, 500 litres
Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts) None
Average age of vines 120 years
Average altitude of vines (m) 570m
Soil type(s) Loam and limestone soil
Closure Type Cork
Is this wine organic? Yes
Biodynamic? No
Sustainably produced? Yes
Suitable for vegans? Yes
Ageing potential 5 years
Ideal drinking window 2021 - 2026

In wine, there's nothing like the thrill of discovering something new, from someone who absolutely deserves success. And Berta is exactly that person.

Read more about Berta.

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