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Why do we love this wine?

What’s an ‘Alta’? Now there’s a good question. Rioja Alta is a subregion of Rioja translating as ‘high Rioja’. As with all things wine, altitude is a good thing for quality (to a point, obviously - not much tempranillo grown on Mt Everest). So it’s home to finer, lower alcohol styles of the style, which also have a particular affinity for oak, and lap it up to envelop its flavours in stupendous fruit. This is where elegant Rioja comes from. This is an excellent example, so all that’s left is for you to find out what Alta tastes like yourself. 

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Cherry
Raspberry
Redcurrant
Full-bodied
Bright
Bold

It’s certainly redefined how I think of Rioja. Bucking the normal Rioja nomenclature (Crianza, Reserva etc) gives Tritium the freedom to create the juiciest expression of Tempranillo they can, from vineyards with 100 years average vine age. With 16 months in only French oak, it’s a surprisingly supple, fruit-driven Rioja, with classic sandy tannins countered by bright acidity from the higher altitude vineyards. It’s approachable but structured and complex, and eminently ageable thanks to bright acidity. 

This is new wave Rioja, all fruit, style and structure from well-judged, minimalist winemaking. It’s gonna Rioja your world.

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Specs

Region
Rioja
Vintage
2015
Cellaring
2027
Preservatives
Sulphites
Alcohol by Vol.
15.0%
Closure
Cork
Bottle Vol
750mL
Blend Info
100% Tempranillo
Serving Temp.
16.0°C

Winemaking

Viticulture
Crafting

Region

Rioja
Food Union
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Goes with

BBQ
Beef
Lamb