Bodegas Olarra Mayor de Ondarre Rioja Reserva 2017
- Rich, full-bodied
It is only in years with grapes of exceptional quality that a limited number of bottles of Mayor de Ondarre Rioja Reserva are produced. From two plots of old vines, the grapes are handpicked into small crates and then sorted to ensure only the best quality fruit makes the blend.
Winemaking is classic Rioja, with 19 months in oak casks (80% French and 20% American), with the aim of preserving maximum concentration. A further couple of years in bottle have resulted in the complete and luscious wine we bring you today. This wines might make you feel somewhat wild and dangerous, with lush, complex dark fruit abound. The long palate is entwined with smokey, spicy characteristics, giving way to the undeniable quality of Rioja terroir and fruit. Something about it is like eating a michelin star meal in your trackies- instantly comfortable yet luxurious.
“Rolling, elegant and complex with a resplendent coconut, blackberry, plum and vanilla oak bouquet. Polished oak on the palate with some leafy dark berries, strawberry and black raspberry elements. Mouth-filling, refined tannins rev up, with touches of coffee and chocolate mocha on the lingering finish.”
Full price $99.00 from the producer.
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- 92% Tempranillo, 8% Mazuelo
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Rioja! The homeland of Tempranillo! Tempranillo may be relatively new on the scene in Australia, but it's as widespread in Spain as Shiraz is in Australia. Rioja have strict regulations on wines classified by the region, and require the wine to be certain lengths of time in barrel and then in bottle, and allows the producer to classify based on these restrictions as: Joven (none to limited oak contact), Crianza (intermediate oak and bottle age) and Reserva (extended oak/bottle aging). The time spent in oak is generally judged based on fruit intensity, but the one thing you will find is that quality is pretty impressive across the board, from crunchy young Joven to luscious Crianza to blockbuster Reserva. Welcome to the vinous heartland of Spain. It smells and tastes amazing.