Colección Vivanco Garnacha
Colección Vivanco are limited-production wines which capture the essence of traditional Rioja grape varieties and the extraordinary terroirs. Each wine has been characterized by various museum pieces depicted on the labels.
The grapes used in the production of this Garnacha come from 2 vineyards each covering approximately 1 hectare of land. The El Recuenco parcel is located in Tudelilla at 551 meters where the soil is sandy and rich in lime and has a planting density of 4000 vines/hectare. La Ladera de Zorraquín in Villamediana is clayey and rich in iron with a density of 3000 vines/hectare and an elevation of 443 meters above sea level. Both use the bush vine training methods and enjoy a southeastern exposure.
- Residual Sugar: 1.8 grams/liter
- Acidity: 5.8 grams/liter
- Dry Extract: 26.0 grams/liter
In October, the grapes were hand-harvested and placed in small crates. These crates were then sent to cooling chambers for a minimum of 30 hours. Fermentation took place over 14 days in small French oak vats at 24-26°C. The grapes from each vineyard were fermented separately. Maceration periods varied based on this factor. Remaining on its lees throughout with occasional bâtonnage but without racking, the wine was aged for 18 months in new French oak barriques from different coopers, during which time malolactic fermentation occurred. The wine was bottled without fining nor filtration, then cellared an additional 6 months.
Good varietal aromas of raspberry and other red fruit, as well as toasted, jammy, minty and herbal notes. Good acidity gives this Garnacha great freshness, despite the depth of fruit flavors. A long finish rounds it out.
Excellent with stuffed peppers, as well as hearty stews. Also pairs with many cheeses, particularly goat cheese.
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