Ontañón Clarete Rioja (Pale Rosé)

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Ontañón Clarete Rioja (Pale Rosé)

Clarete is an officially classified style of Rosado well-known within Rioja, but rarely found outside this region. This blend of Viura and Tempranillo is just delicious!

Specifications

Country, Region
Spain, Rioja
Grape
Viura, Tempranillo
Vintage
2017
ABV
13%
Food friend
Tapas
Vegetarian

Additional Details

Tasting Notes

Lovely lifted red berry aromas and delicate fruit characters. The palate is fresh and bright with soft balancing acidity and an elegant finish.

Producer details

Raquel, Ruben and Maria Pérez Cuevas are part of the 3rd generation of the Cuevas family to make wine in Rioja Baja. Their father, Gabriel, inherited parcels of vineyards just outside the town of Quel on the higher slopes of the Sierra de Yerga mountain range. He was determined to produce wine that embodied the region, where he believed some of the highest quality wines from Rioja are made, and soon acquired more vineyard in the area.

In the vineyard

Grapes are sourced from Siete Caminos vineyard plots, with a south-easterly exposure and an altitude of around 350m. The Tempranillo vines were planted in 2000 and the Viura in 2004.

In the winery

The harvest was staggered and selective, to ensure that grapes arrived at the bodega optimally ripe - with good alcohol potential and abundant colour. The grapes are macerated until a pale colour is achieved, and afterwards fermentation takes place as for red wine.

Food Recommendations

Drinks beautifully without food, but also fantastic with tapas.

In the press

… “but not only does it hail from Spain, it’s created primarily from a white grape - Viura. Called Clarete, this is a traditional style of rosado Rioja made mixing the unfermented grape juice of white and red berries, before part-fermenting the combination with the skins from red grapes. The result is a wine that’s delicate in colour and taste, with some peach and apple along with a touch of red berry fruit. Mixing an oily mid-palate and a bright finish, this is a lovely, balanced rosé that’s a bit different.” The wine the judges of the Drinks Business Rosé Masters 2017 are talking about is Ontañón Clarete 2016. Awarded 94 points and a Gold in this year’s competition.

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