Gómez Cruzado Honorable Rioja

Decanter World Wine Awards 2021, Gold Medal winning richly flavoured Rioja, years in the making.
Country, Region: Spain, Rioja
Grape: Tempranillo
Vintage: 2017
ABV: 15%
Food friend: Rich meats
£33.50 Single bottle
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Wild bramble and spiced plum aromas open on the nose with rich black plum and cherry fruit following on the palate. The wine is expressive with well integrated oak flavours and ripe tannins, balanced by vibrant acidity and developed dried fruit, mocha and toasty characters.

The Gómez Cruzado winery dates back to 1886 when Angel Gómez de Arteche started to produce and bottle his own wine in Haro, at the very heart of Rioja Alta. This was in the day when the wine trade between Rioja and France passed along the Tudela-Bilbao line, and the key Rioja wineries were located around the station of Haro. The winery sits just 100m from the station to this day. Subsequently bought by Angel and Jesus Gomez Cruzado in 1916, and more recently by the Baños family, David González (winemaker) and Juan Antonio Leza (viticulturalist) now head up the winemaking team. They have been working with Gomez Cruzado for over 10 years, crafting wines from vineyards of old bush vines in the most elevated areas of Rioja Alta and Alavesa. Vines grow in poor, white, chalky-clay soils, on sunny slopes at the highest part of the sierra (up to 750m altitude) - where the Mediterranean and Atlantic climates meet. The area produces wines with freshness and elegance.

This 'field blend' is produced from the fruit of Gomez Cruzado's oldest vineyards (over 50 year old vines), south-east facing in the foothills of the Sierra Cantabria. The vines planted here are predominantly Tempranillo, but also Garnacha, Graciano, Mazuela and Viura. Soils are poor, chalky clay and white in colour with slabs of calcareous rock beneath. The grapes are hand-picked into 15kg crates, and are sorted further by hand at the winery.

The grapes undergo 4 days pre-fermentative maceration at low temperature, then temperature-controlled fermentation with daily remontage and delestage. Malolactic fermentation takes place in new oak barriques with weekly batonnage, followed by 18 months maturation in new French, thin-grained, oak barriques.

This characterful red will stand up to many richly-flavoured meat and vegetable dishes

Wines from Spain 2022 - Winner Decanter World Wine Awards 2021 - Gold Sommelier Wine Awards 2020 - Bronze

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