13.50% | SPAIN

Pale pink in colour with lifted red berry aromas and delicate fruit characters. The palate is fresh, bright and appealing with rosehip and red berry fruits, balancing citrus acidity and...
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Pale pink in colour with lifted red berry aromas and delicate fruit characters. The palate is fresh, bright and appealing with rosehip and red berry fruits, balancing citrus acidity and an elegant, dry finish.

Clarete is an officially classified style of Rosado - well-known within Rioja but almost never found outside the region. Clarete is vinified as for a red wine, with short skin contact during fermentation. Traditionally it is a blend of Viura with Tempranillo or Garnacha - and typically has lifted, floral aromas - clean and bright on the palate. A dry, pale and elegant style of rosé.

Bodegas Ontañón is a 5th generation family-owned and run winery in Rioja Baja (now Rioja 'Oriental'). Here Raquel, Rubén and Maria Pérez Cuevas continue their father Gabriel's work to develop Bodegas Ontañón into one of the most highly-regarded wineries in Rioja. Ontañon have vast swathes of vineyard in this part of Rioja. Whilst wine production in the region is typically very dependent on contracts with grape growers, the Pérez Cuevas family have seen fit to invest heavily in the purchase of their own land and vines. Their 250ha is a testament to the importance they place on controlling grape quality. Their vineyards sit high in the Sierra Yerga mountains in the prestigious region surrounding Quel - and defy misconceptions that Rioja Baja is one of the lesser sub-regions within Rioja. Much of their vineyards are actually planted at altitudes on a par with, or above, those in Rioja Alta and Alavesa; (La Pasada is their highest vineyard at 800m above sea level – planted in 1979 it is used for Reserva and Gran Reserva wines). The hot and dry Mediterranean climate allows for consistent ripening of the grapes with little disease – this has enabled them to pursue organic production across 57 hectares.

Grapes are sourced from Siete Caminos vineyard plots, with a south-easterly exposure and an altitude of around 350m. The Tempranillo vines were planted in 2000 and the Viura in 2004. The harvest was staggered and selective, to ensure that grapes arrived at the bodega optimally ripe - with good alcohol potential and abundant colour. The grapes are macerated until a pale colour is achieved, and afterwards fermentation takes place as for red wine.

Appealing as an aperitif or with assorted tapas.

Key Facts

Size
75cl
Grapes
Grenache/Garnacha and Tempranillo
Country
Spain
Region
Rioja
Vintage
2013
ABV %
13.50%
Organic
No
Vegan
No

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