Rioja Aniversario 2018
A special wine made to celebrate both 150 years of winemaking, also a very special vintage. A decade after Mercedes Garcia Ruperez came on board and revolutionised the Montecillo Style. This limited edition is the result of a stringent selection of the very best Tempranillo vineyards in Rioja Alta located near to the winery, with an average of 35 years of age, bush trained, dry-farmed; with poor soils and low production. The selected parcels are hand-harvested in small crates. The Graciano variety comes from one of our sunnier estates, in this case, Pradejón in Rioja Oriental. They are both vinified seperately. The Tempranillo variety is fermented in conventional vats with continuous pumping-over and prior bleeding-off to concentrate it by 8%. The vinification of the Graciano variety takes place in small capacity truncated-cone shaped vats allowing the concentrated aromas to be retained. Both macerate on their skins for 3 weeks. Malolactic fermentation of the two varieties takes place in separate underground cement tanks. Each variety is barrel-aged separately: 20 months in French oak and mixed barrels – 40% new and 60% semi-new, the wine is then aged reductively in bottle for at least 8 months. Intense nose, where you can appreciate the richness of nuances: very noticeable aromas of ripe black plum and mineral notes on the first nosing, perfectly blended with touches of stewed, ripe fruit and more savoury notes of oak, finishing on vanilla with a background of mahogany. Balanced palate with silky, enjoyable tannins and notes of oak ageing. On the palate it is fleshy, glycerine in texture, savoury, velvety and well structured with a persistent finish. It has more acidity than Montecillo’s classic Crianza, due to the low pH of the Graciano used in this blend, which helps afford it a long finish.