Origin: Rioja - C.V.N.E. - Laguardia & Alava - Spain
Taste guide: Full bodied, oaked, ripe berries on the nose, fresh and balanced palate, hints of oak and vanilla.
75cl - 13.5% - screwcap
The initials CVNE stand for Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España, though the name is often depicted as CUNE, and pronounced "Coonay".
CVNE owns over 500 hectares (1250 acres) of vineyards, one of the largest holdings in Rioja and primarily uses estate grown grapes for their wines.
Viña Real Crianza is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano from Rioja Alavesa that fermented destemmed in stainless steel with neutral yeasts and matured in French and American oak barrels for 13 to 14 months, during which time it was racked every five or six months.
This wine shows shades of medium to deep shiny cherry colour on a purple background. To the nose, intense aromas of ripe fruits (blackberries, blackcurrants) stand out, complemented with subtle hints of oak. To the palate, it shows structured and round with a good integration of fruitiness and oakiness. The aftertaste is marked by very well balanced tannins as well as by persistent spicy, toasty and balsamic aromas. A long stay in bottle is the finishing touch to this Rioja Alavesa wine's character.
This wine complements beef, venison or roast pork.
Sells for £11 or more elsewhere - at Binendwines just £8.25 (only managed to source 12 bottles so be quick on this one)