Bodegas Manzanos, Finca Manzanos Tempranillo, DOCa Rioja, Spain 2021

Regular price £10.25

Classic Rioja, red fruits and spices, liquorice but with minimal new oak

On the border between Rioja and Navarra, Victor Manzanos carries on the work of the four generations before him. Adding in significant amounts of ambition and energy, he is at the forefront of the new Rioja - championing a modern interpretation of its varieties through his wines. As a grower, Victor is keen to prove that Rioja Baja has its own distinct character and should not be judged as inferior to Rioja Alta or Alavesa - just different. With over 250ha of owned vineyards at his disposal, including what he claims to be the oldest Graciano vines in the world, Victor and the team at Manzanos are fortunately placed to put both the sub-region and the name Manzanos firmly on the map of the most important producers in Rioja.

Tasting Note: Intense cherry red colour, ripe black and red fruits, spices, liquorice and chocolate aroma. Round and well-balanced with fruit notes.

Critics: Guia Peñín 2018 88 points, Decanter 2017 Bronze medal, Jancis Robinson 16/20 (average producer score)

Tempranillo (95%), Garnacha (5%)