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Artesa Organic Rioja Tinto 2019

Exceptional value Organic Rioja that always goes down an absolute treat - fruity, rich with toasty notes from up to 6 months ageing in oak
Rich & Savoury, Full-Bodied Red
Special Price £9.50 Regular Price £10.25
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Producer Artesa
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Wine Type Red Wine
Body / Style Rich & Savoury, Full-Bodied Red
Grape Blend 100% Tempranillo
Bottle Size (ml) 750
% Abv 14
Vintage 2019
Special Features Organic, Sustainable, Vegan
Extra Info Smoky, fruity Rioja
Food Pairing Guide Casseroles, red meat or Manchego cheese.

Artesa Organic Rioja is a great value Spanish red with vibrant plum and cherry aromas, as well as hints of smoky, herbal notes. The palate is complex with juicy bramble fruit, black pepper, and toasty savoury characteristics from up to 6 months ageing in oak. A high proportion of the oak is new and of the highest quality, to ensure the organic status. A fantastic value organic wine that always goes down a treat.

Bodegas Ontañón is a 5th generation family-owned and run winery in Rioja Baja (now Rioja Oriental). Here Raquel, Rubén and Maria Pérez Cuevas continue their father Gabriel's work to develop Bodegas Ontañón into one of the most highly-regarded wineries in Rioja. Ontañón has vast swathes of vineyard in this part of Rioja. Whilst wine production in the region is typically very dependent on contracts with grape growers, the Pérez Cuevas family has seen fit to invest heavily in the purchase of its own land and vines. Its 250ha is a testament to the importance it places on controlling grape quality. The family's vineyards sit high in the Sierra Yerga mountains in the prestigious region surrounding Quel, defying misconceptions that Rioja Baja is one of the lesser sub-regions within Rioja. Many of their vineyards are actually planted at altitudes on a par with, or above, those in Rioja Alta and Alavesa; (La Pasada is their highest vineyard at 800m above sea level, planted in 1979 it is used for Reserva and Gran Reserva wines). The hot and dry Mediterranean climate allows for consistent ripening of the grapes with little disease and this has enabled them to pursue organic production across 57 hectares of vines.

Currently run by the fifth generation of the Pérez Cuevas family to carry on the tradition of grape growing in the southern part of Rioja, they take great pride in maintaining their vineyards in the most sustainable manner possible as it is their land that supports their family’s craft. As well as farming organically and producing a range of organic wines, Bodegas Ontañón employs a range of other sustainable processes.These include: controlled irrigation systems to reduce water usage and evaporation; planting vineyards in cooler, well-ventilated areas in order to reduce irrigation requirements and phytosanitary treatments; using plant/grass cover in vineyards to improve soil texture, to reduce tractor working hours and to lower carbon dioxide emissions; using environmentally friendly phytosanitary products that break down quickly and harmlessly; planting several hectares of pine forest near the vineyards in Ausejo and tidying and maintaining the oak forest near the vineyards in Quel. The estate plans to install solar panels at its irrigation installations to generate the electricity they require, and it encourages its worker to car pool from its winery to its vineyards to reduce emissions.

200 hectares of estate vineyards near Alfaro provide the basis of the Artesa range and the best of these, at high altitude (500 to 600 metres), with mature vines and poor, stony soils, have been converted to organic production. Fermented in stainless steel and matured for 3 - 6 months in new American oak barrels.
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