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Contino Reserva, Rioja 2016/17 75cl

£24.75 PER BOTTLE £268.00 PER CASE
*£22.33 PER BOTTLE WHEN YOU PURCHASE A CASE

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COUNTRY: Spain
VINTAGE: 2016/17
APV: 13.5%
GRAPE VARIETIES: Tempranillo/Tinta Roriz
FOODS: roast red meats, hard cheeses.
REGION: Rioja
AVAILABILITY:IN STOCK
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Contino Reserva, Rioja 2016/17 75cl

V) and (VG)Tradition holds that Saint Gregory, the patron saint of vineyards, passed through the lands of Contino, and thus it is his head that adorns the label of this Riojas, part of the celebrated and historic CVNE stable of wines, which has been in family ownership since the late 19th century. 85% Tempranillo, the national grape of Spain. This is a classic Rioja in style, deep cherry red in colour with an intense nose of ripe strawberries, roasted coffee, caramel and balsamic. Elegant and sweet spiced on the palate, with candied fruits, minted chocolate and roasted coffee beans. This is a well-structured wine and well balanced, with soft tannins. A worthy partner to traditional roasts, especially roast beef, or a chunk of mature cheddar.
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Tempranillo

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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