Gran Familia Rioja Reserva
Varietal: Tempranillo 80%, Graciano 10%, Garnacha 10%
Region: Rioja D.O.Ca.
Winemaker: Norrel Robertson MW
Winery: Bodegas Castillo de Fuenmayor
Colour: Cherry red in colour with a terracotta rim showing the wine’s longer barrel age
Nose: Ripe red fruit aromas with added complexity of sweet herbs, mocha and mineral notes
Palate: Flavours of luscious red fruit combine with a hint of spice and a delicate touch of vanilla from the oak ageing. A fine, balanced wine with silky tannins, good acidity and a long, smooth finish
Food Match: Outstanding with red meats, especially roast lamb. Also pairs well with game, casseroles and fine cheeses.
VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION
Gran Familia Rioja Reserva 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. Top-class grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks with the temperature controlled at 28-30˚c. Following fermentation, the wine is aged for a total of three years, with at least 12 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.
Bronze Medal – International Wine Challenge 2015 (2009 Vintage)
“Fragrant, supple, scented Rioja with gentle tannins and pure strawberry fruit.” – IWC 2015 Judging Panel
RS: < 2.5 g/l
RIOJA D.O.Ca. – AGEING REQUIREMENTS
Reserva wines undergo a minimum ageing period of 3 years, with at least one year in oak casks.