Rioja, Dominio de Heredia, Spain 2017
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Bodegas Altanza sprung to life in 1998 when a group of like-minded local businessmen decided the Rioja wine market needed a shot in the arm. The estate has gone from strength to strength, concentrating on a search for the perfect balance between traditional values and modern techniques, a philosophy echoed in the architecture of their winery – a stunning example of contemporary design using local raw materials.
Head winemaker Carlos Ferreiro now produces a range of wines that cater for all tastes and budgets. Recently, he has converted to exclusive use of French oak barrels in the ageing process, a move which has most certainly enhanced the quality of his wines.
Bottled under the estate’s ‘Dominio de Heredia’ label, this is a great value-for-money example of a medium-bodied Rioja. Deep, red berry flavours are complemented by the use of well integrated oak, giving a smooth, rich and spicy palate lifted by a slight hints of vanilla and black pepper.