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The region of La Rioja lends its name to Spain`s most widely recognised wines. Much Rioja is blended from three districts; Alta and Alavesa to the north and the hot dry Oriental district to the south (previously known as Rioja Baja) and uses Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo red grape varieties. While most people are familiar with red wines from Rioja the region also produces quality white and rose wines.
Why not try a mixed case of six wines from La Rioja Fincas de Azabache, containing a white and a rose and four reds from the unoaked Tempranillo through to the Gran Reserva, with its extended ageing in oak barrels?
Rioja Blanco Viura Verdejo 2019 – This young white Rioja is a bright greenish straw yellow colour. The nose has a strong fruit bouquet with intense citrus and apple aromas. Smooth on the palate and dry in style, with fresh and fruity flavours of lemon, green apple and white peach. Lovely chilled by the glass, with pan fried pork or moules marinere.
Rioja Garnacha Viura Rosado 2018/2019 – Made in the traditional `clarete` style of blending together 85% Garnacha and 15% Viura. The result is a pale rose with a lightly floral nose. The palate is fresh with notes of strawberries, apple and touch of tropical fruit, perfectly balanced by a pink grapefruit acidity and elegant finish. Excellent as an aperitif or with shellfish, salmon or vegetable terrine.
Rioja Tunante Tempranillo 2019 – A vibrant, unoaked and supple red, made exclusively from Tempranillo grapes grown in the dry Baja region of Rioja. This plummy, soft seductive wine exhibits typical Tempranillo character of red fruits such as cherry, raspberry and plum with notes of liquorice and finishes soft and rounded. Ideal by the glass or with cured meats, lamb, pork and cheeses.
Rioja Crianza 2016 – This excellent Rioja is well balanced with a soft seductive character typical of the Tempranillo, Garnacha and Mazuelo grapes. It is made to emphasise the fruit characteristics with a subtle hint of oak gained from one year in cask and allowed to mature in bottle before release. It exhibits intense plum and cherry flavours with elements of vanilla and spice and a soft rounded palate. Excellent by the glass or to accompany tapas, chorizo or braised meats.
Rioja Reserva 2015/2016 – Rioja Reserva is made only in the best vintages, it is well balanced with a soft seductive character typical of the Tempranillo and Graciano grapes used in the blend. It is aged for at least three years in oak and in bottle before release. Azabache Reserva exhibits intense plummy fruits on the nose with hints of blackberries, mulberries, vanilla, spice on the soft and well rounded palate. A good accompaniment to grilled or barbecued lamb, steak and cheeses.
Rioja Gran Reserva 2007 – This excellent Gran Reserva Rioja is selected from the best vineyards from an exceptional year. The blend includes 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha and 10% Graciano, which has been softened by three years in oak and three more in bottle before release. It shows supple, velvety rich fruit flavours with complex spice and vanilla notes from its period in oak that linger well into the finish. Pair with roast beef and pheasant, winter stews and Manchego cheese with quince jelly.