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2017 Laventura Tempranillo Rioja

SKU #1559371 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The red 2017 Laventura Tempranillo was produced with grapes from two vineyards, one in Labastida and the other one in Laguardia. This is the one red I tasted that seemed to take the 2017 heat better, and the wine is not far from the 2016. Yes, it's a little riper, and the fruit is a tad darker, but the wine keeps its poise and composition. It has balance and harmony, and there is only a touch of riper fruit on the finish. It finishes dry. 3,300 bottles were filled after 12 months in 500-liter oak barrels. (LG) Inner quote mark (6/2019)

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 no 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. From the winery: "This wine is made from Tempranillo the most planted variety in Rioja. Grapes are handpicked, sorted, destemmed and naturally fermented. The wine is aged for one year in 500-litre barrels. This wine has a medium ruby colour with primary fruit aromas of raspberries, redcurrant, red cherries, black cherries, black berries, and plums. Secondary aromas such as toast, vanilla, nutmeg and cloves due to the lees contact and ageing for one year in barrel. The palate is textured with good tannins. Good acidity, body and length."


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