Ontañón Tempranillo Blanco

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Ontañón Tempranillo Blanco

Only a handful of growers in Rioja have Tempranillo Blanco vines.

Specifications

Country, Region
Spain, Rioja
Grape
Tempranillo Blanco
Vintage
2017
ABV
12%
Food friend
Risotto
Vegetarian

Additional Details

Tasting Notes

Intense tropical fruit aromas with hints of pineapple, white flower and citrus. The palate has texture, minerality and balance with ripe stone fruit characters, a hint of orange blossom, crisp acidity and a lengthy finish.

Producer details

Bodegas Ontañón is a 5th generation family-owned and run winery in Rioja Baja. Here Raquel, Rubén and Maria Pérez Cuevas continue their father Gabriel's work to develop Bodegas Ontañón into one of the most highly-regarded wineries in Rioja. Ontañon have vast swathes of vineyard in Rioja Baja. Whilst wine production in Rioja is typically very dependent on contracts with grape growers, the Pérez Cuevas family have seen fit to invest heavily in the purchase of their own land and vines. Their 250ha is a testament to the importance they place on controlling grape quality. Their vineyards sit high in the Sierra Yerga mountains in the prestigious region surrounding Quel - and defy misconceptions that Rioja Baja is one of the lesser sub-regions within Rioja. Much of their vineyards are actually planted at altitudes on a par with, or above, those in Rioja Alta and Alavesa; (La Pasada is their highest vineyard at 800m above sea level - planted in 1979 it is used for Reserva and Gran Reserva wines). The hot and dry Mediterranean climate allows for consistent ripening of the grapes with little disease - this has enabled them to pursue organic production across 57 hectares.

In the vineyard

The Tempranillo Blanco grapes are sourced from vineyards at around 600m altitude. They were harvested in early October - picked in the early morning and taken immediately to the winery.

In the winery

There they were slowly pressed to extract the must, and the seeds were separated from the must to maintain optimal aromas and flavours during the fermentation process. This occurs over a period of 14 days at controlled temperature. Following fermentation the juice spends 2 months on lees.

Food Recommendations

A good match for poultry, risotto and roasted vegetable dishes.

In the press

In 1988 a Rioja winemaker found a bunch of white grapes growing amongst the Tempranillo vines in his Murillo de Rio Leza estate in Rioja Baja. After several years investigation, the Consejo Regulador of Rioja accepted that this was a natural mutation of the usually red Tempranillo grape and approved it as a variety to be grown DOCa Rioja. It is thought that just one generation separates the white and red versions of the grape - similar to white mutations of both Pinot Noir and Garnacha. Only a handful of growers in Rioja have Tempranillo Blanco vines. Bodegas Ontañón saw the potential of this grape and planted 15 ha in 2010. 2016 is the first vintage Tempranillo Blanco that Bodegas Ontañón have released.

Awards

2017 Vintage:Sommelier Wine Awards 2018 - Gold

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