SR29518

Vaza Crianza, Rioja 2018



£12.30

75cl ALC 14%

Aged in French and American oak barrels this wine has spice, vanilla and coffee added to floral notes of violet and geranium with classic raspberry and strawberry fruit.


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Spain, Spain, Rioja

Red

85% Tempranillo, 10% Grenache, 5% Mazuelo

Medium-bodied

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2018

Lamb, Roast

14%

75cl

Bodegas Solar Viejo

A medium-sized Rioja bodega just to the north of Laguardia, next to the ‘wave’ building that is Bodegas Ysios. They own six hectares, but have 100 more under contact with growers, and aim to expand now they are part of Freixenet, and most of these are in the Rioja Alavesa.

The views are great, with ‘Lion Mountain’ away to the north brooding over a patchwork of small vineyards. Grapes are all hand-harvested, the winery modern and functional rather than state-of-the-art. They have 5,000 barrels, 60% American oak, and change a fifth every year. They produce 3 million bottles a year. The style is soft, with a good lick of oak but correspondingly ripe fruit and acidity to balance it.

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Vintage guide

Always difficult to generalise about Spain but 2022 saw high temperatures and an early harvest of clean grapes, the early signs look good. The 2021 vintage is very good after a warm dry season with wines showing good concentration and aromatics. A wet first half of the 2020 vintage meant a lot of work in the vineyard was needed but a better, more consistent second half resulted in some juicy young wines with those ageing in barrel looking very promising. A very good year, 2019 had warm dry conditions but yields were limited by a tricky flowering period. A cooler and wetter year than other recent vintages has endowed the wines of 2018 with greater freshness and lower alcohols. Across the country the wines are showing good aromatics, plenty of weight, and a juicy fresh character. Growers had a complex year in 2017 having to contend with frost, hail and drought. Yields are down as a result, but the picture overall is of good quality particularly in Galicia and the South, Penedès also performed well. The 2016 vintage was pretty good on the whole with Ribera del Duero, Rioja and Rueda having excellent results. 2015 was heralded as the best vintage across Spain in recent years, and particularly so in the north. 2014 saw some good wines made with a little rain in the second half of harvest and low yields. This came after the potentially great 2013 vintage which has given fresh, vibrant, robust wines.

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