Alacer Roble

A high-altitude 100% Tempranillo red Roble wine which “defies the limits” in order to convey the pure essence of the Ribera de Duero terroir. This wine expresses the character of this terroir with honesty and elegance . “Las Ontanillas”, a high-altitude 40 year old bush vineyard located in Santa Cruz de Salceda at 904 metres above the sea level in calcareous clay soils. The art of high-altitude viticulture is properly managing the extreme weather. The long winters and high temperatures in the summer, with possible risk of insolation, favours a slow ripening with optimal level of acidity which results in excellent grapes. Another benefit from altitude is that it helps mitigate the effects of climate change, preserving the freshness of the fruit. The year 2020 stood out with a very wet winter, allowing the vegetative cycle to develop with excellent balance and homogeneity, however there was no risk of frost. Thanks to the altitude, the ripening cycle of small and loose bunches was delayed until the end of September, favouring freshness. The harvest is carried out by hand in small boxes, after an exhaustive selection in the vineyard. When the grapes arrive at the winery, they immediately undergo a strict selection on the sorting table. The winery is gravity fed: the grapes are transferred to the tanks by 1,000-kilogram OVIS without the use of pumps or pipes that could damage the integrity of the berries. For the fermentation and maceration of the grapes, very wide 15,000-litre tanks are utilized in order to increase the contact surface between the must and the skins, thus optimizing the extraction of aromatic and colour components. It is then aged for 4 months in small French-oak barrels. Powerful cherry-red colour. The fruit character of blackberries and blueberries dominates over the aromas of liquorice and spices from the barrel ageing. The brief ageing in oak barrels adds structure and balance which become evident on the palate, while the fresh varietal character prevails. Its delicate acidity, combined with soft and round tannins result in an excellent final persistence with hints of candied red fruit and vanilla and toffee nuances. Contains sulphites. Suitable for Vegans.

Product Number: 4
Wine Producer: Bodegas Riojanas Grupo
Vintage: 2021
Region / Appellation: Ribera del Duero
Country: Spain
Wine Colour: Red
Wine Style: Still
RRP Bottle Price (£): £12.49-17.49
Is this wine new to the UK?: Yes