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Specifications

Colour:

Red

Producer:

Bodegas Artuke

Region:

Spain & Portugal

Appellation:

Rioja

Grape Type:

Tempranillo

El Escolladero, Rioja, 2017

6x75cl £230.00

8 cases, 4 bottles

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Tasting Note:

One of the two “Grand Cru” single vineyards in the range, a 0.95 hectare site in Abalos planted in 1950. Unaffected by frost in 2017 as the elevation averages 660m. Predominantly pale, limestone soils planted to 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano, which are co-fermented. Wow, a big step up in terms of mouthfeel and concentration, with deep complex sensations and profound fruit with immense length, grip and intensity. It is a wine that draws equally from the registers of fruit, earth and flowers. A slightly untrammelled quality makes it even more enticing, buoyed by crisp acidity and fine boned tannins. Aged only in used barrels to produce a mere 1,200 bottles.

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