La Nieta, Rioja, 2011

  Viñedos de Páganos

La Nieta, Rioja

The 2011 La Nieta is a 4,000-bottle cuvee of pure Tempranillo sourced from a single vineyard in Paganos (Laguardia). As one would expect, this 2011 is extremely young, but keeps the freshness you always find in the wines from this vineyard, perhaps with a little more structure than the 2010. It is dense, powerful yet elegant. The nose is extremely primary with notes of fruit (ripe peach), licorice, and the oak perfectly folded into the juicy wine showing just a hint of spices. This is a great La Nieta in the making. Drink 2016-2030.

Contains Sulphites.

About Viñedos de Páganos

Another piece of the Eguren's empire, Vinedos de Paganos is a 25 hectare vineyard situated at 600 metres above sea level in the Rioja Alavesa. The grapes are exhaustively hand selected at harvest time followed by a double bunch and berry sorting in the winery. Malcolactic fermentation takes place in new french oak barrel and rests there for 18 months. The result is a dazzling, beautifully-pitched modern style Rioja complimentary to the Eguren's other modern classic, Senorio de San Vicente, showing less density, more elegance and redder fruit character than its stable mate.

Appellation: Rioja

Spains most famous wine growing region is seeing something of a revolution. A band of new producers are shunning the traditional methods of production in a effort to gain greater purity of fruit, less dominant oak influence, and individual terroir characteristics. The results are wines that have the ability to age and improve in bottle, that have finesse, character and real elegance.

Grape Type: Tempranillo

Tempranillo is now a widely recognised varietal, largely due to the international fame of Rioja, for which it is a key varietal. Being thick-skinned and producing vibrant fruit driven wines with depth and longevity it is often regarded as Spain's answer to Cabernet Sauvignon. Ripening two weeks earlier than Garnacha, and having a short growing period, it is better suited to Rioja's higher and cooler Alta and Alevesa areas. Excellent examples from Rioja include St Vicente and Amancio from Eguren and the more traditional style wines of La Rioja Alta, namely Gran Reserva 904 and our own-label Rioja Reserva. As well as being planted throughout central Spain, the Toro region is increasingly recognised as producing world-class Tempranillo, the wines at Teso La Monja, namely Almirez, Alabaster and Victorino show signs of greatness! It is also known as Tinto Fino in Ribera del Duero and Tinto Roriz in Portugal.