ESCONDITE DEL ARDACHO
2016 Veriquete Tentenublo
|Grapes||Viura, Malvasia, Tempranillo, Garnacha|
Richly deep and firmly tannic, but with the most wonderful aromatics which include fruit and fine grained wood but also some notes of spice and dried herbs which suggest a greater maturity than this has. The energy from its youth is vibrant and the whole wine has a terrific feel super-dry intensity. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 L&S (Oct 2018)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
Youthful bright purple. Gentle aromas of lavender and red fruits. Savoury and sweet with liquorice-root and mineral tannins, very tightly wound and needs time to open up. A touch backwards at the moment but a wine that should blossom in bottle. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 16++ Alistair Cooper MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Dec 2019)
This is the second vintage of Roberto Oliván’s cuvée of Tempranillo, Garnacha and 5% white grapes, sourced from the vineyard used to make his original Tentenublo red. The oak, as ever, is lightly applied here, allowing the dense, aromatic, high altitude fruit to express itself. Less chewy than the 2015, with palate-cleansing acidity and appealing black tea and blueberry flavours. 2021-30 Drinking range: 2021 - 2030 Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Oct 2018)
Roberto Oliván is the force behind Tentenublo, and he is one of the growing band of Rioja winemakers who are much more interested in making extraordinary wines from single sites rather than volume blends. He has some vines which are in the family, and has gathered together many little vineyard plots around Viñaspre, his home village, near Lanciego in Rioja Alavesa. The high altitude helps define the brightly-defined style of his wines.
The name 'Tentenublo' comes from ringing bells - in Rioja, bells are rung to ward off hailstorms (to what effect is less clear) - which accounts for the animated bell chasing a rather blobby-looking hail cloud on the label. With the Xérico label - a wonderfully nineteenth century looking masterpiece which has a picture of a different ancestor of Roberto's in each vintage, these make up the bigger cuvées that he makes.
The second main line he calls Escondite del Ardacho, after a local lizard. So far he has released four wines from different parcels around Viñaspre and each with different grape mixes under this label, so you have to look carefully for the cuvée name...
Finally (at least for now), there are some new wines released under the Los Corrillos label, the blending of some of the Viñaspre plots.
For anyone used to the rather bland merchant blends of Rioja, these wines might be described as 'challenging', but if you are prepared to give them time to open up in the glass, to try them with food, you will be rewarded by the great complexity and individuality that they offer.
This mixed 6 is the perfect opportunity to introduce you to ‘New Wave’ Rioja and the talented Robert Oliván wine producer of Tentenublo - plus we've knocked an extra £5 off our usual case price (which usually applies to 12 bottles, so it's a double discount really.) Free delivery included for mainland UK (except Highlands and Islands). Only a limited number of cases available.
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