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50 wines to try before you die! - Our eighth wine - Sela, Bodegas Roda, Rioja 2015/16 75cl

£19.95 PER BOTTLE £215.00 PER CASE


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VINTAGE: 2015/16
APV: 14.5%
GRAPE VARIETIES: Tempranillo/Tinta Roriz
FOODS: roast red meats, hard cheeses.
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50 wines to try before you die! - Our eighth wine - Sela, Bodegas Roda, Rioja 2015/16 75cl

Once considered at the vanguard of the modern Rioja movement, Bodegas Roda is now considered the most 'classic' of the modernist Rioja producers. Roda's vineyards consist of 28 blocks of old Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha vines in the heart of the Haro overlooking the Ebro River. It is the mix of Atlantic, Continental and Mediterranean climates here that give Roda wines their distinct characteristics. Sela is the baby of the Roda stable - 2013 is only the sixth vintage - but is produced with the same care and precision as all Roda wines. Clean nose bursting with aromas of cherry fruit, redcurrants and blackberries. The palate is elegant, accessible, spicy and fresh with a well-integrated and persistent finish. A crowdpleaser. A well-priced entry level cuvée and a great introduction to the Roda estate. Drink now-2020.
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At first glance, the many appellations of Spain‘s and Portugal‘s top red wines are based on an equal number of obscure local grapes. What do the Tinta Roriz of the Douro, Aragónez of the Alentejo, Ull de Llebre of Penedès, Tinta del Toro of Toro, Cencibel of Valdepeñas and Tinto Fino in Ribera del Duero have in common? They‘re all genetically the same grape. Thought to have existed in Northern Spain since antiquity, it is there making up the blends in almost all of the Iberian Peninsular‘s great red wines, even to some extent, Port. As Rioja is Spain‘s most successful liquid export, it is understandable that their name for this ubiquitous variety is the one the world has become familiar with. The name comes from its ripening habits; Temprano means ‘early‘, as Tempranillo tends to beat the other Rioja black grapes to the winery by around two weeks. Its thick skins give wines deep colour and longevity, but it doesn‘t race to high levels of potential alcohol like many of its Spanish peers. With an appealing range of uncomplicated flavours and an affinity with oak, it is rapidly being eyed by winemakers in other warm parts of the world, particularly Australia.

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