Country: Spain Region: Rioja
Vintage: 2017 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Bodegas Moraza
Bodegas Moraza has been in the Moraza family for six generations, but it was when Janire Moraza convinced her father and uncle to convert their 18 hectares of land to organic farming techniques that things got truly interesting.
Today, the varietal wines produced by Janire and Patricio come from vines located amid thriving biodiversity in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Rioja Alta.
Unlike many modern Riojas, tailored to an international market, Bodegas Moraza uses purely traditional methods, resulting in fresh, oak less and authentic characteristics. Rather than mix grapes from different estates to produce the familiar taste of conventional Rioja, the wines are the result of the complexity of the terroir. The local Rioja vines are highly sensitive to their environment, affected by factors such as climate, altitude, local biodiversity and levels of sunlight. This means that the delicate balance between these factors can lead to different expressions in the wines themselves.
Tasting Note: The cool nights up there deliver acid-driven Tempranillo that is pure and fresh. Raised in concrete, raspberries and cranberries with tobacco leaf, a little spice and chewy tannins.