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Museum Vinea Artis Crianza, Cigales 2016

A great Rioja alternative, with rich red fruits, toasty oak flavours and smooth, ripe tannins.
Soft & Supple, Rich & Savoury, Full-Bodied Red
Special Price £13.50 Regular Price £14.50
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Producer Finca Museum
Country Spain
Region Cigales
Wine Type Red Wine
Body / Style Soft & Supple, Rich & Savoury, Full-Bodied Red
Grape Blend 100% Tempranillo
Bottle Size (ml) 750
% Abv 14
Vintage 2016
Extra Info Complex Rioja alternative
Food Pairing Guide Great with a rack of lamb or chops
Terroir Layers of gravel, sand, limestone and chalk over clay and sand
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Museum Vinea Artis Crianza is from a lesser known region of Spain called Cigales. A real gem though, with ripe red fruits, dark cherries and plums, layered with cocoa, vanilla, and toasted coconut. The ripe tannins give the wine a velvety, structured feel and the finish is smooth and long. A delicious Rioja alternative.

Consistent rainfall through spring ensured the soil water content was high coming into the dry season. This was fortunate as summer brought 120 days without any rain which was only broken with light rainfalls at the start of September. These timely conditions meant the vines remained in perfect health without any disease pressure. Harvest began on October 6th.

Finca Museum is based in Cigales, a small DO located in Castilla y León, east of Valladolid. Although the area was once known for its dry rosados, it is the Tinta del País, a thicker skinned Tempranillo, that excels today. The continental climate of Cigales (with temperatures reaching 40°C in the summer, even at 700 metres above sea level) and the soils poor in organic matter combine to ensure low yields and great wines. The vines are on average 40 years old and one of the reasons they have survived is because the soils are too poor to grow other crops such as cereal. As the name suggests, the winery is also a museum, with sculpture and paintings dating back to the 17th century.

The Vinea Crianza comes from a plot of bush vines of up to 50 years in age, located 750 metres above sea level. Soils are very poor, with layers of gravel, sand, limestone and chalk over clay and sand. The old vines produce low yields of very concentrated grapes. The vineyards are hand harvested with great care into small crates no higher than 90cm so as not to crush the grapes before they arrive at the winery. Once in the winery, the grapes were cold-soaked at 5ºC in stainless-steel vats. They were then fermented at controlled temperatures of 27ºC with short but frequent pump overs throughout. The wine then spent 14 months in barrels, 60% American oak and 40% French. After a natural stabilising process the wine was bottled and aged in temperature-controlled cellars until release. Winemaker: Luis Chueca
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