Contino, Garnacha, Rioja, 2018
Region: Rioja, Spain
Bottle size: 75cl
Notes: Vegan and vegetarian
Contino Garnacha is an aromatic and very fruity wine with delicate notes of low woodland, balsamic herbs and lilac candy. The palate is deep, mineral tannins and very well integrated, which make it an elegant wine, while captivating and somewhat saline, with excellent acidity, silky.
Manual harvest from Pajera, Central and Lentisco plots with vines ranging from 30 to 70 years old. The grapes are placed in a French oak vat, where they undergo pre-fermentation maceration until fermentation begins spontaneously. Alcoholic fermentation comes to an end after eight days. However, the Garnacha remains in the vat for a further 15 days. Next, it is transferred to a 2000-litre Stockinger wooden vat and twelve 500-litre barrels, where it remains for ten months. The wine is then aged and refined in a concrete tank for a further five months.
Viñedos del Contino was founded in 1973, becoming the first Rioja chateau concept winery. The former manor house in Laserna, in the municipality of Laguardia, is surrounded by 62 hectares of vineyards from which all its wines are sourced along a bend of the river Ebro. Its 16th-century cave cellars are amongst the oldest in the Rioja region. They are home to the echoes of deeply rooted winemaking tradition, blended with the voices of cutting-edge technologies.