2017 Laventura Viura Rioja

SKU #1388522 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 There was uneven ripeness in the grapes for the 2017 Laventura Viura, because some bunches were from the second flowering after the frost and didn't ripen the same as the grapes that survived the frost. There was not enough juice to fill the 2,500-liter oak vat, so it had to be fermented in a concrete egg and one 500-liter oak barrel. After the frost, the year was warm and dry, and the wine is not as expressive as the 2016 I tasted next to it. The palate is soft, and there is less freshness and vibrancy than in 2016. It's not as complete or long, but it's a very worthy effort. 1,500 bottles were filled in December 2018, after 12 months in the egg and the barrique. (LG)  (6/2019)

90 points James Suckling

 Candied-orange and apricot aromas with a very rich, round palate that has raisin and dried-fig flavors. So sweet, round and rich. Drink now.  (7/2019)

K&L Notes

Native South African Bryan MacRobert grew up in a farming family, and has been quietly making some of that country's best value wines. He fell in love with a girl from Rioja as well as the region's wines (we forget in which order) but quickly became fascinated with the inimitable terroirs and endless potential for wines in the region. A proponent not only of organic viticulture, but also a strong believer in the importance of legacy organically cultivated vines on top quality sites, Bryan is picky about where he grows and sources vines. The winemaking is no frills but clearly well thought out and opinionated; think lots of smaller cement vats and wood in sizes greater than 225l barriques. He's a fan of Stockinger cooperage. Particularly with the whites, these are wines where transparency, minerality and acidity drive the style. Bryan is a huge fan of Rioja white wines, and gives them the true respect that they deserve! This 2017 Viura is fantastic, with the combination of weight, richly intense fruit, minerality and acid that should see it through years of ageing.

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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/5/2019 | Send Email
We came across the Laventura wines a couple of years ago, and they are some of the most exciting Rioja wines in our inventory. Bryan does an excellent job understanding the region, but making the expression his own. The whites are no exception. I had little interest in white Rioja until I tasted his wines, and my eyes were opened to the incredible richness in this category. This little Viura is a great starting place: fresh, floral and clean, it retains incredible texture, minerality and depth. If you like this wine, don't hesitate to try all of the Laventura wines. They are well worth it!

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2019 | Send Email
Stone fruit aromas jump from this wine along with wonderfully textured flavors of white peach and almond. The wine is fresh, clear and fruity showcasing fine minerality on the saline finish. This is delicious and pure.

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