Luis Cañas Rioja Blanco Fermentado en Barrica 2015

Rioja
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£11.95 per bottle
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The 2015 is a blend of 85% Viura and 15% Malvasía from vines 50+ year-old-vines and raised in French (75%) and American (25%) oak barrels. The nose reveals an inviting perfume of mineral, melon and jasmine. The palate is dry, spicy, elegant, offering lots of ripe flours, beautifully balanced and finishes which is long and satisfying. White Rioja at this price does not get much better than this!

Taste & Aroma

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The 2015 is a blend of 85% Viura and 15% Malvasía from vines 50+ year-old-vines and raised in French (75%) and American (25%) oak barrels. The nose reveals an inviting perfume of mineral, melon and jasmine. The palate is dry, spicy, elegant, offering lots of ripe flours, beautifully balanced and finishes which is long and satisfying. White Rioja at this price does not get much better than this!

Stuart McCloskey

Producer

Constant innovation has always been at the heart of the success seen at Bodegas Luis Cañas. Firmly a modern winery, heads were first turned when the pioneering couple in charge of the property, Luis and Angeles Cañas shunned bulk sales and became one of the first small grower estates to bottle their own wine at the bodega. Fast forward from there and one will now find a high-spec, high-tech winery boasting the latest winemaking equipment including the trailblazing Mistral sorting machine. This was the first of its kind to be installed in Spain’s premier red wine region. Today, the couple’s son Juan Luis heads the estate, which is situated in Vallebuena and comprises some 350 ha of vineyards dedicated to traditional varieties such as viura for white wine and tempranillo, mazuelo and graciano for reds. Strict viticultural controls are applied to the 870 plots spread across the vineyards with each planted with the grape variety for which it is best suited. Only hand harvesting is practised and Luis, now in 80s, is often on hand to supervise the careful selection of fruit. Winemaking embraces modern day know-how with temperature control fermentation in stainless steel tanks but the Riojan tradition of ageing the wine in French and American oak barrels remains firmly entrenched.

Bodegas Luis Canas

Region

Located in northern Spain, Rioja is arguably the country’s top wine-making region producing barrel-aged red wines from Tempranillo and Garnacha. Rioja’s vineyards run along the Ebro River for roughly 60 miles and the Catabrian Mountains, which flank the region to the north and west, provide much needed shelter from the Atlantic Ocean. It was the first Spanish region to be awarded DO status and has since been awarded the top-level DOCa status. There are four styles of traditional Rioja wine; Rioja (which literally means young wine) are wines in their first or second year that are made to drink young. Crianza wines – possibly the most accessible level of Rioja wines, must have spent a minimum of one year in casks and a few months ageing in the bottle. Reserva is the next level – wines are selected from the best vintages with excellent potential and must have been aged for a minimum of three years with at least one year in cask. The highest level of Rioja is that labelled Gran Reserva – these are wines selected from exceptional vintages and must have spent at least two years in oak casks and three years in the bottle. The Gran Reserva level spends the most time ageing under oak which gives the wines fantastic structure and age-worthy potential.

Glassware

Glassware

Zalto Denk-Art White Wine Glass

For elegant, classical fruit forward white wines, but also medium bodied red wines without overt barrique development.
Ideally for: All White Wines, Chardonnay / Viognier, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chablis, Muskateller, Frizzante, St. Laurent and Blaufrankisch.

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