Bodegas Manzanos, Finca Manzanos Rioja Crianza, DOCa Rioja, Spain 2018

Regular price £12.29

Aromatic, fruit driven Rioja Baja, with super balance.

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: Aromatic and intense, lovely aromas of wild red berries, blossom, nutmeg and hints of sandalwood. Fresh, fruity and well balanced with sensations of raspberries, vanilla and cinnamon.

Critics: Guia Peñín 2018 86 points, Decanter 2012 Bronze medal, Bacchus 2008 Silver medal, Jancis Robinson 16/20 (average producer score)

Tempranillo (90%), Mazuelo (5%), Garnacha (5%)