Laventura Rioja Garnacha 2018
Bryan MacRobert hails from South Africa, where he was assistant winemaker to renowned Swartland producer Eben Sadie before making his own exquisite range of wines. He and his Spanish wife Clara, however, now live in Logroño, where he made his first vintage of Laventura in 2013. One of a new breed of winemakers putting more emphasis on terroir and fresher, elegant wines in a region where the grand bodega and barrels still rule, Bryan's wines are already causing quite a stir and are some of the most thrilling bottles to come out of this traditional region in many a year.
Garnacha is too often cast in a supporting role in Rioja, behind Tempranillo. This wine gives it the limelight. It is handpicked, sorted, and de-stemmed. Natural fermentation takes place over 2-3 weeks, on the skins. The wine is then pressed and aged for one year in large, 600-litre barrels. The oak is to help with the stability of the wine and must not impart any flavour.
This Garnacha (what the Spanish call Grenache) has a pale ruby colour with primary fruit aromas of red fruit such as cranberry, raspberry, strawberry and red cherry. Secondary aromas such brioche, vanilla and cinnamon due to the lees contact and ageing for one year in barrel. The palate is light and textured with a soft tannin, fresh acidity, body and length.