Bodegas Ondarre, Ondarre, Rioja, Graciano 2016

Bodegas Ondarre, Ondarre, Rioja, Graciano 2016

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Vintage - 2016

Country - Spain

Region - Rioja

Grape Varieties - Graciano 100%

Alcohol by volume - 15%

Bottle - 75cl

Bodegas Ondarre, is based in Viana, a historic town six kilometres from Logroño, Rioja's capital. Founded in 1986 it has quickly become one of the standout producers in the region with its elegant and distinguishable style. Their most acclaimed wines are their Reservas, which win top awards and critical approval every year. They attribute their success to the hard work in the vineyards and their continual investment into the winery and barrel stock. They use both French and American oak casks to help them obtain the incredible character in their wines. As well as their Reservas they produce a few thousand cases of a single varietal Graciano. A real rarity due to the low yielding nature of the vine.

The Control Board of the D.O.Ca. Rioja has awarded an official rating of ‘Very Good’ for the 2016 Rioja vintage. Good progress throughout the growing cycle produced excellent results both in terms of quality and quantity. The 2016 vintage shows beautiful aromatics, great balance between acidity and alcohol and excellent phenolic ripeness, which imbues the wines with great depth and persistence.

The Graciano grapes are sourced from the left bank of the river Ebro. Here, the vineyards are made up of clay based soils with high iron and chalk content.

The grapes were harvested at optimum maturity and then fermented in temperature controlled vats at 28°C. The wine was aged 50% in new French oak and 50% in medium grain Missouri oak for a total of 12 months.