Tempranillo, Raposo, Sierra de Toloño 2017, ⁠Villabuena de Álava, Rioja, Spain

The Sierra de Toloño Raposo hails from an old vine plot in Villabuena de Álava - a sunny, south-facing site with just enough Atlantic influence to cool the vines down if it gets too hot. Organically farmed, it is majority Tempranillo, with a tiny percentage of Graciano. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in 3,000-litre oak vats for 12 months. ⁠

"Fresh, natural acidity is my obsession," says Sierra de Toloño winemaker Sandra Bravo. Luckily for Sandra, her vineyard plots are some of the highest altitude in Rioja Alavesa. Combined with early picking as soon as the grapes are ripe, this gives her grapes with the potential for the freshness she craves. The vineyard plots are small, varied, and blessed with old goblet-trained Rioja vines. Congratulations are in order for Sandra, who was just named Tim Atkin's 'Young Winemaker of the Year'. ⁠


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