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Bodegas Akutain, Rioja Reserva, 2015

Plummy, Spicy, Dried Fig

Farming

Organic

Producer

Bodegas Akutain

Grape

Tempranillo/Garnacha/Viura

Wine Type

Red

Country

Spain

Region

Rioja Alta DOC

Vintage

2015

Alcohol

14%

Size

75cl

Bodega Akutain is a 6.5ha family estate set up by Jon Peñagaricano’s father 40 years ago, 5km west of Haro’s epicentre. Here they spare no effort to produce wines that accurately reflect the wind-swept limestone clay higher hills of Rioja Alta (all their vineyards are in this zone) and are in the process of converting to organic viticulture.

The winery and underground cave that they use to age their bottles are located next to their vineyards (split into four parcels that are all vinified separately), and they are consequently able to time their picking and transport the hand harvested grapes back to the winery in perfect condition, and much quicker than most bodegas who buy grapes from many widely scattered sources.

Akutain’s top wine is a blend of their four parcels, with a high percentage from their high altitude vineyard of Gembres (650m). Cool nights and larger diurnal temperature range impact on the quality of the juice giving exquisite fruit, more acidity and ageing potential.  There is structure and complexity here with spicy, plummy, dried fig fruit as well as a herbal edge; old oak ageing seamlessly integrated and allows a fresh and lifted finish, with salinity keeping everything in focus. Bottled unflitered. For drinking now to 2035.

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