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This is a structured, creamy and mature white wine from an excellent vintage. Aromas of white fruits and floral hints blend perfectly with the toasty notes of spices, vanilla and...
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This is a structured, creamy and mature white wine from an excellent vintage. Aromas of white fruits and floral hints blend perfectly with the toasty notes of spices, vanilla and nuts from ageing. The palate is full, dense and juicy, with a long, persistent finish.

With Contino Blanco, we want to return to the traditional Rioja whites with ageing potential, balance and freshness. A wine that is not overly woody with a predominantly floral and fruity aroma combined with structure and character provided by the barrel tannins and fat from the concrete egg tank.

The Contino white wine is produced from Viura and Garnacha Blanca grapes. The Garnacha Blanca grape is harvested from the San Gregorio Encina estate, planted in 1980 on calcareous clay soil. The Viura comes from different areas of Contino, including the alluvial soils of the old Lentisco estate, the stony soils of the San Gregorio La Tabla, and the Santa María estate. All the vineyards are between 35 and 40 years old.

The proximity of the vineyard to the winery means that the grapes arrive in perfect condition. The whole bunches are destemmed and placed in a stainless steel tank. The versatility of the steel facilitates pellicular maceration for a few hours. After this process, the wine is bled and pressed prior to alcoholic fermentation, which lasts for 20 days. Once fermentation is complete, 30% of the wine is transferred to a concrete tank, while the remaining 70% goes into new and used barrels of different types and capacities, ranging between 400 litres and 500 litres, where it remains for ten months.

Viñedos del Contino was born in 1973, establishing the “château” concept in the Rioja region. Its wines are made exclusively from the vines planted on its 62 hectares.

The estate’s vineyards embrace its ancestral home within a meander in the River Ebro, located in Laserna, near the village of Laguardia in the Rioja Alavesa winemaking region.

The close proximity of the vineyards to the winery means that the grapes arrived in perfect condition. Whole bunches of hand-picked grapes were destemmed and transferred to a stainless steel vat where several hours of skin contact took place. Following this, the vat was drained and pressed and the alcoholic fermentation took place, taking about 20 days. Once completed, 50% of the wine was racked to stainless steel and 50% to new oak barrels from different coopers and of various sizes, namely 500 litres, 400 litres, 300 litres and 225 litres and where the wine remained for 10 months.

Viura is a variety which has large bunches of small grapes and it was the first to be harvested, on the 8th September on the Tabla de Laserna plot. The garnacha blanca was harvested 3 days later from the San Gregorio Encina plot, which was planted in 1980 on chalky clay soils. Both varieties were hand harvested enabling selection both in the field and again later on a selection table in the winery.

Key Facts

Viura, Garnacha Blanco

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