The Cotswold Cheese Co

2015 Rioja Blanco, El Coto, Rioja, Spain 75cl

£9.50
  • 2015 Rioja Blanco, El Coto, Rioja, Spain 75cl

The Cotswold Cheese Co

2015 Rioja Blanco, El Coto, Rioja, Spain 75cl

£9.50

Description

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.

Vineyards

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

Vintage Information

2015 was characterised by abundant rainfall in the winter and a hot summer, which brought the harvesting period forward. August was marked by more moderate temperatures and an excellent vegetative state with a moderate bud load - factors which endured until harvesting.

Vinification

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.

Tasting Notes

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.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Viura
Region Rioja
Winemaker Cesar Fernandez
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 5.47g/l
Residual Sugar 3.5g/l
Wine pH 3.4