Colour Red.

ANALYSIS

Alcohol: 13.5%

Bottle size: 0.75L

Grape Varieties: 90% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo, 5% Garnacha

Closure: Cork

VINTAGE REPORT

Rioja enjoyed a very hot summer after a wet and cold winter and spring, although the lack of rain in August and first half of September caused worries that the grapes would not be able to develop fully. Rain came, however, in mid-September, and this, in turn, led to worries that the grapes would swell
and become ‘flabby’ if the rains continued for too long. As it happened, the last days of September were dry and bright, and the main harvest started at around that time. The unique weather conditions meant that the vines had produced many more grapes than usual, and the Consejo Regulador decreed that a substantial amount should be left on the vine, to ensure that the official quota was not exceeded – one report suggests that some 80,000 kg had to be officially abandoned to ensure that quality and price were maintained. The harvest finished over the weekend of the 24th-26th October, just before the arrival of more rain and fog which could have caused further problems.

VITICULTURE

The vines used to produce the Cantero wines are found on stoney ground at an altitude between 400 and 800m. Gnarly bush vines are harvested by hand.

WINEMAKING

Fermentation in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature. Eighteen months in American and French oak casks and a minimum of six months in bottle.

FOOD MATCH

A perfect accompaniment to chargrilled meat, cured ham and tapas.

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