Origin: Rioja D.O.C.
Taste guide: Medium bodied, plum and cherry fruit flavours, spice and pepper notes, lightly oaked
75cl - 13.5% - cork closure
100% Organic Wine
Suitable for vegetarians
Raquel, Rubén and María Pérez Cuevas are a part of the third generation of the Pérez Cuevas family to carry on a tradition of winemaking in the southern part of Rioja (Rioja Baja). Their father, Gabriel, inherited parcels of his father's vineyards just outside the township of Quel on the higher slopes of the Sierra de Yerga mountain range. When Gabriel took over in the early 1970s, he began making wine from these vineyards rather than selling the fruit, as had been done in decades past. He was determined to produce wine that not only reflected the purest expression of his family's beloved vineyard land but also embodied the region of Quel, where his family had a long history and where he believed the highest quality of wines from Rioja were produced.
The current generation is proud of the fact that the family has always maintained its vineyard land with as little intervention as possible thereby ensuring that fruit will be available for generations to come. They recently decided to pursue European Union certification of some of these vineyards as organic, and their first organically grown wine is now available.
The Ontañón Ecológico is made of 100% Tempranillo, a grape that is of the utmost importance to the heritage of the family and the region, and grown in vineyards certified as organic by "Agricultura UE". Following careful harvesting the grapes were fermented by traditional methods yet in a modern manner. Unusually for a Tinto Rioja the resultant wine was then aged for five months in a mixture of American and French Oak barrels and then a further six months in bottle prior to release.
Deep red in colour with purplish tints the nose exhibits aromas of orange rind and bright cherry. The palate shows bright cherry and raspberry fruit flavours and a touch of spice and pepper. Overall this wine has a well-structured mouthfeel with fresh acidity and medium tannins with vanilla flavours from the minimal oaking adding balance in the background. This wine reflects all the best elements of the Ontañón vineyards as well as its winemaking style. It is the truest expression of Rioja that can be created with an organic stamp of certification.
Best when drunk young, on its own or with an assorted variety of cured meats, cheeses, roasted chicken, pork or vegetables. We had it with roast lamb and it was delicious.
Sells elsewhere for £9.99 - our price is £6.95.