The second vintage of Sandra Bravo’s Viura, grown at 700 metres on limestone soils, is a blend of stainless steel and 10% barrel fermentations. Light and refined, with notes of wild flowers and citrus and some creamy, lees-derived weight. Drinking range: 2017 - 2019 Rating: 91 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2017)
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This Sierra de Toloño white wine reflects the fresh Viura grapes of each of the small white flowers give way to an elegant and complex background, with subtle toasted plots on the foot of the mountain. The primary aromas of pastry notes. Its mouth is surrounding and silky, with a powerful acidity that allows a lasting aftertaste. Winemaker's notes (Oct 2016)
Sierra de Toloño
Sandra Bravo comes from Rioja, and has returned there to start this project. 2012 was the first vintage. Sandra has trained in Bordeaux, Chianti, Marlborough, California, and is still currently winemaker for one othe bigger producers in Priorat. She has returned home to make a Rioja which reflects the land and climate of this particular corner of Rioja Alavesa. The wine comes from old goblet trained Tempranillo vines grown on calcareous clay are at 650m in Labastida - one of the highest vineyards of the Rioja region. The mountains of the Sierra de Toloño protect the vines from northerly winds and create a special microclimate, cold because it is so high, but dry with the Mediterranean influence despite being so far north. All this is perfect for the grapes to ripen fully over a long time in the bright light but relatively cool temperatures - the ripeness comes slowly, retaining natural acidity. The grapes are harvested into 15kg boxes, sorted at the vine, and taken to the winery in Laguardia. Here Sandra does a very conservative vinification, with a cold soak to start with to preserve the freshness of the fruit, and then only a gentle pigeage. After the vinification the wine is aged just six months in French oak barrels, and bottled without fineing of filtration. For the 2013 Sandra is delighted to have some amphorae, and will make a wine with no oak at all, aged just in these.
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