Zurbal Reserva 2012 DO Rioja

Smokey, red fruit & balsamic.

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Ideal with red or game meats, roasts, poultry, white meats, serrano ham, charcuterie, aged cheeses or blue cheeses, pasta or spicy foods.

£16.00

About the winemaker

The grape growing and winemaking tradition of the Castillo family dates back several generations. Consequently, they enjoy the privilege of owning centuries-old vineyards that provide grapes of extraordinary quality. All the wine that are produced at Bodegas Zurbal is made with grapes from our own vineyards, which cover a total of 25 hectares. The most salient are those planted at an altitude of 600 metres above sea level, in fairly pebbly, chalky-clay soils that ensure better water conservation and improved grape quality.

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The wine is made with grapes grown in ìLa Lagunaî vineyard, with vines that are over 80 years old and an enviable location with good sun exposure, a gentle slope and the right type of chalky clay soil. It is made with the following grape varieties: 80% Tempranillo and 20% others. This is due to the prevailing custom at the time the vineyard was planted of mixing many different grape varieties in the same vineyard, with a predominance of Tempranillo over the rest. The wine is made by bringing together modern systems, such as destemming and temperature controls, and periodic pumpovers and dÈlestages, with a long maceration after fermentation. The process includes the most aseptic conditions, to produce a wine that is healthy, honest and pleasing even to the most demanding palates. After several racking to clean the wine, it is put in fine-grain French oak barrels, where it is left for two years, with racking every six months. It is then bottled and left to rest in the cellars

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