Gran Familia Rioja
Varietal: Tempranillo 90%, Graciano 10%
Region: Rioja D.O.Ca.
Winemaker: Norrel Robertson MW
Winery: Bodegas Castillo de Fuenmayor
Colour: Bright cherry red wine with garnet tints
Nose: Ripe strawberry fruit aromas with added complexity of sweet herbs and spicy notes
Palate: Luscious red fruit flavours combine with delicate hints of vanilla and spice from the oak ageing. A well rounded wine with smooth tannins, good acidity and a long, velvety finish
Food Match: Outstanding with red meats, charcuterie, casseroles and mature cheeses.
VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION
Gran Familia Rioja CVC comes from Bodegas Castillo de Fuenmayor, located near Briones at the heart of Rioja Alta. The winery belongs to a family with one of the longest traditions in Rioja winemaking and our winemaker has access to some of the finest wines in Rioja.
The vines, with an average age of 25 years, are grown in premium Rioja Alta vineyards with soils composed of clay and limestone. The grapes are harvested at optimum ripeness and fermented in stainless steel tanks with the temperature controlled at 26˚c. The wine is then aged for 8 months in oak barrels. Selection of barrels is of particular importance in Rioja where oak is such a critical element in winemaking. For Gran Familia we chose to put 50% of the wine into American oak barrels and 50% into French oak barrels. This results in the perfect balance of fruit and oak flavours.
Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge 2014
RS: < 2.5 g/l