Orben Rioja 2018

An exciting Rioja from the same team behind Izadi, established with the aim of producing a single estate Rioja that rivals the best of the region.

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This wine is intense garnet red in colour. Very interesting on the nose, with wild fruit, balsamic, milk, toasty oak and toffee aromas. It’s fleshy and balanced. It has a complex and impeccable balance, with a persistent and aromatic aftertaste.

Orben is an exciting estate in Rioja Alavesa from the same team behind Izadi, established with the aim of producing a single estate Rioja that rivals the best of the region. The Antón family owns 75% of the property, with the remaining 25% being split between 50 of Spain's top restaurants - all friends of the family who share a common passion for fine food and wine.

VINEYARDS
The vineyards benefit from the mitigating influence of the Atlantic Ocean giving the resulting wines fresh acidity, which is important in a very warm climate. This area has the highest percentage of old vines in Rioja. The grapes for this wine come from a selection of 79 plots of an average size of 0.30 hectares, located in Laguardia. The vineyards were planted between 1945 and 1954 and have an average yield of four tonnes per hectare. The bush vine vineyards
are planted on limestone and clay soil at an altitude of around 520 metres above sea level.

2018 was a complex year with a generally cold, wet spring delaying bud-break and the damp weather during flowering leading to higher than usual incidences of mildew in the vineyard. Early summer was initially rainy, but a hot August allowed the vines to catch up and ripening occurred gradually through the cooler than usual September which helped the grapes achieve great balance and flavour.

Winemaker: Ruth Rodríguez

Orben Rioja 2018
Orben Rioja 2018
  • Spain
  • Rioja
  • Tempranillo
  • 2018
  • Orben
  • 14.5%
  • Standard - 75cl
  • Cork

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Orben Rioja 2018
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