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Finca Allende - Aurus 2012

Red Wine from Rioja · Spain
£205.00 £145.00
Case Rate: £145.00
Ex Tax: £120.83
Country:
Wine Region: Rioja
Wine Area: Rioja Alta
Wine Maker: Miguel Angel di Gregorio
Grape: Tempranillo
Grape Percentage: TEMPRANILLO 85% GRACIANO 15%
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Vegan:
Yes
Limited Stock: (6 btls)
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92 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
Country:
Wine Region: Rioja
Wine Area: Rioja Alta
Wine Maker: Miguel Angel di Gregorio
Grape: Tempranillo
Grape Percentage: TEMPRANILLO 85% GRACIANO 15%
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Vegan:
Yes

Description

BRIONES age average of the vineyard, 60 years, high density plantation. With bush pruning.Loamy
Clayey soils with abundant gravel and stones in depth. Sustainable cultivation with respects the
environment and which follows the natural cycles of the plant, with organic fertilizers and mechanical work without using herbicides. Manual harvest and the bunches are selected by hand in the winery.

Wine tasting notes

Intense purple colour. Powerful and elegant on the nose, with a great complexity of aromas ( compote, minerals, ink, mint, spices, wild herbs, toffee and cocoa.) Great harmony in the palate, with ripe tannins, very complex and full of flavors of black fruits, raisin, liquorice, coffe, ink and aromatic herbs. Long and persistent.Agreat wine to keep.

Winery information

Finca Allende

Finca Allende is the brainchild of Miguel Ángel de Gregorio, one of Rioja's 'modernistas'. The winery is based in Briones, on the right bank of the Ebro river, in Rioja Alta. The soils in Briones are composed of red clay and gravel and the vineyards face north. Miguel's philosophy is that wine is made in the vineyard and he seeks to express the individual qualities of each site, rather than highlight barrel ageing. Indeed, when you visit him in Rioja, he often insists on tasting individual vineyard wines in situ, to fully understand their origin and style. The single vineyard wines Martires, Calvario and Aurus are the ultimate expressions of Miguel's hard work.

Finca Allende practices sustainable viticulture without the use of harmful pesticides or herbicides. Cultivation is done by hand or with the help of horses. Allende's commitment is also ethical and the winery supports various projects aimed at helping more disadvantaged groups. The flagship Allende Tinto is 100% Tempranillo, aged for 14 months in French oak barrels.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2012) - 92 pts

The blend that represents the perfect balance for Miguel Angel de Gregorio is Tempranillo with 15% Graciano, which was what he used for his 2012 Aurus, with grapes sourced from a diversity of vineyards in the village of Briones. The destemmed, uncrushed grapes were fermented in an oak vat after a six-day cold soak. Malolactic was in brand new French barriques were the wine matured for two years with rackings every four months. I feel much better balance and contained ripeness compared with the 2011. However, as it also happened with the previous vintage, I also favor Calvario over Aurus in 2012. The fruit is black, with notes of licorice, ink and graphite, most of the aromas come from the darker side of the spectrum with more noticeable oak than in Calvario. The palate feels ripe and lush, with some dusty tannins and a chalky finish. The oak is nicely integrated, which for me talks about the quality of the grapes, because not many grapes can take two years in new oak. It ends with a long, slightly warm finish. 6,000 bottles were filled in January 2015.

Vinification notes

Whole bunches destalked and not crushed in french oak watts. Cold prefermentary maceration at 5º C for 6 days. Fermentation controlled at 28º C for 16 days, with three pumping over a day. Total maceration with skins for 22 days. Devatting by gravity and vertical press. Malolactic is done in barrels . Aging:Twenty-four months in Bordelese Frenchnewoak barrel. Racking every 4 months. Bottling: Bottled without filtration nor clarification