Pretium Rioja Tinto 2018
WineSpark Price €24.90
This wine is from Berta’s most special vineyard. It’s the reason she left a successful engineering career to go back to the family vines and make wine.
And it isn’t any old vineyard - it’s really old. Planted by Berta’s great-grandfather in 1901.
It’s in the furthest, most northwestern corner of Rioja. It’s a wild, remote place, with unpredictable weather and harsh conditions.
According to the journalist Ferran Centelles, this could be the most extreme place in the world for growing Tempranillo.
Berta tells me the only way to grow good fruit around here is from low-yielding, old vines. They produce fruit with unrivalled concentration and complexity.
This Tempranillo is unlike anything I’ve tasted from Rioja before. Inky-dark purple in colour, full of lush and juicy blackberries, a savoury edge, and gorgeous florals from the 5% of Grenache, Graciano and Viura in the blend.
You can taste the power and intensity from those incredible old vines in every sip.
I first discovered Berta’s wines when I was at the big Barcelona wine fair in April. This wine stopped me in my tracks - and I’m hoping it has the same effect on you.
|Grape(s)||Field Blend - Tempranillo 95%, Grenache 5%|
|Region of origin||Rioja|
|Months in Oak||18|
|Type of Oak||French oak|
|Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts)||None|
|Average age of vines||120 years|
|Average altitude of vines (m)||570 m|
|Soil type(s)||Loam and limestone soil|
|Is this wine organic?||Yes|
|Suitable for vegans?||Yes|
|Ageing potential||10 years|
|Ideal drinking window||2022 - 2032|
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