Rioja Tempranillo, Hacienda Grimon, Rioja, Spain, 2017
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Organic – terroir-drive wines – family-owned – 23 hectares
Hacienda Grimón is run by brothers Paco and Eliseo. From their 25 hectare base in a secluded corner of the Rioja Alta, they produce organic wines that accurately reflect the subtleties of their family estate. The majority of their wines experience extended ageing, therefore great care is taken to ensure that all grapes are as healthy as possible. As a result, no herbicides or pesticides are used at any stage and hand harvesting is employed for all their vineyards.
The Grimón brothers’ Rioja Tempranillo is fermented and aged in stainless steel. Unlike many other wines from the Rioja classed as ‘Joven’, no carbonic maceration is employed during the winemaking process. Furthermore, this ‘Joven’ wine is produced using exactly the same fruit that is used to fashion their Crianza. Ultimately, it showcases the juicy characteristics of the Tempranillo grape, without any oak influence.
The Crianza is produced following a rigorous fruit selection process from three different vineyard parcels. The wine is then aged for 16 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels, ensuring that aromas of black fruits are backed up by notes of black pepper and sweet spices. The ripe tannins and fresh acidity balance the richness of the fruit which results in an elegant and classy Rioja Crianza. The Reserva offers a great deal more structure on the palate than the Crianza, while also displaying far more prominent oak flavours. A combination of dense, plummy fruit and a good tannic structure ensure that this is a Reserva that offers incredible value for money.