Remelluri Blanco 2018/20 DOCa Rioja
The nose is very complex, showing notes of butter, walnuts, quince, ginger, cedar and very ripe pears. It shows a lot of character on the palate with a nervous acidity balanced by its deep concentration and creamy, full body. The finish is very elegant and long.
Remelluri was founded by monks in the 14th Century, although there is evidence dating even farther back of wine being made on these premises. The vines changed hands a number of times over the years before being purchased by Jaime Rodriguez in 1967. In 2010, Jaime’s son and daughter, Telmo and Amaia Rodríguez, took the reins of the estate and set about making a series of changes to showcase the potential and diversity of Remellur’s different terroirs, and ultimately reclaim Rioja’s viticultural history.
Viticulture is certified organic with biodynamic treatments. Grapes are hand harvested in 20 kg boxes and each variety is fermented using indigenous yeasts in concrete tanks and wooden barrels and vats. The resulting wine then ages for 12 months in the same kind of vats, and is finally assembled in tank, where it rests for 8 months.