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Pale yellow in colour, the wine is dry and fresh on the palate with aromas of peaches, apples, citrus, tropical fruits and a little banana. The finish is fresh and...
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Pale yellow in colour, the wine is dry and fresh on the palate with aromas of peaches, apples, citrus, tropical fruits and a little banana. The finish is fresh and fruity with hints of melon. A zingy and refreshing wine.

El Coto was founded in 1970 in Rioja Alavesa and has grown from modest beginnings into one of the best known of Rioja producers. Today El Coto has over 700 hectares of vineyard in production across the three Rioja DOCa sub-zones of Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja and Rioja Alavesa. They also source grapes from all three areas, but mostly from Rioja Alavesa. Head winemaker Cesar Fernandez oversees production, starting with hand-picking into 350 kg crates to ensure the grapes arrive at the winery in pristine condition. Modern and intelligently designed, the emphasis in the winery is on temperature control and gentle handling of the grapes.

Grapes for the Rioja Blanco are sourced from Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja. The soils are mainly limestone and clay.

2016 harvest was characterised by its delayed progression, compared to the last 10 years. This delay was mainly due to low temperatures in spring. With a very dry start to winter, late winter and spring followed with much needed rainfall, allowing for good vegetative growth of the vineyards before flowering. Berries were small due to the lack of rainfall during the summer. Climatic conditions during the last stage of ripening produced grapes of extraordinary health, with an optimum balance between the technical and phenolic ripeness.

The Rioja Blanco is fermented at 14-18ºC in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, to preserve aromas and retain freshness, No malolactic fermentation is allowed to take place and the wine is bottled without ageing.

Ideal as an apperitif or to be matched with fish, seafood or vegetables.

Key Facts

Size
75cl
Grapes
Sauvignon Blanc and Verdejo and Viura
Country
Spain
Region
Rioja
Vintage
2016
ABV %
12%
Organic
No
Vegan
No

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