Vaza Tempranillo2017 VAZA Tempranillo

Originating from the word “Baza” which in Spanish means “trump card” or “new beginning” Vaza represents a fusion of Spain’s winemaking vanguard and the country’s rich wine history. The wines are produced at Solar Viejo, a winery situated on the shoulder of the medieval village of Laguardia in Rioja Alavesa.

Tasting Notes

Medium intensity in colour with still some touches of violet. Deep fruity aromas, principally of red fruits, raspberry and strawberry, typical of the characteristic of Tempranillos of the Rioja Alavesa region. On the palate it is fresh an light, with soft, pleasant, approachable tannins making it a pleasure to drink. The finish is dominated by fresh fruit flavours.


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The Grape

Stretching 75 miles along the Ebro River in northern Spain, Rioja is divided into three growing regions. The higher altitude regions to the north, Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa, have moderate weather and a fair amount of moisture, while Rioja Baja to the east experiences hot, dry weather. Most of the wines comprise a blend of the zones, and exhibit both fully ripe fruit alongside elegance and balance.

Winemaking

It was the earliest vintage in the history of Rioja with very satisfactory results in terms of quantity and quality. The grape has enjoyed good ripening and good health. The result: wines with good balance in structure, acidity and alcoholic graduation, fruity and optimal for aging.

Alcoholic fermentation at a maximum temperature of 24ºC. Skin maceration for 10 days. Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature of 20ºC. Clarification followed by cold tartrate stabilisation. Amicrobial filtration.

The Blend

100% Tempranillo

Food Affinities

Rice dishes, pasta Bolognese, salads, most tapas and aperitifs, mild cheeses and cooked meats.