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LA RIOJA ALTA ALAVESA

In 1995, a century after five winemaking families combined to form the winery society of La Rioja Alta S.A., the company expanded into Rioja Alavesa, acquiring the Torre de Oña estate. Under the influence of the technical maestro Julio Sáenz, the understanding of the terroir and improvements in the winemaking process have gone from strength to strength. The winery’s three Tempranillo-dominated bottlings, the intense Torre de Oña Reserva, rare Martelo and the more approachable Finca San Martín Crianza, give a precious insight into Rioja’s remarkably nuanced terroirs. Terroir, serenity, elegance, individuality, timelessness – the keywords of Torre de Oña.

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The blend consists of 95% Tempranillo from 40-year-old vines in Las Cuevas, El Palo and Las Monjas in Rodezno, complemented with 5% Graciano from the Montecillo estate in Fuenmayor. The Graciano gives the wine an aromatic intensity and acidity, to carry the structure and elegance of the Tempranillo. The grapes are vinified separately in four-and-a-half-year-old American oak for three years, and...

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2017 Cavaliere, Michele Satta

Bottle 75cl £35.68

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2017 Piastraia, Michele Satta

Bottle 75cl £29.68

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An impressive release that speaks volume of the pedigree of Tenuta San Guido’s wines. Guidalberto is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. A voluptuous nose charged with blackcurrant, black cherries, damson notes is rained in by mineral, almost balsamic hints of black olive, mint, tomato leaf and fresh black pepper. The exuberant nose of youth shouldn’t distract from the...

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The third wine of the estate and one that was produced since 2003, Le Difese is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats and it is then aged for 12 months in French and American oak barrels and for a further three months in the bottle. The younger addition to the...

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2018 Le Difese, Tenuta San Guido

Bottle 75cl £18.68

2014 Torre de Oña Martelo Reserva

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Bottle 75cl £28.00

Case of 6 £168.02

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A vivid mid-ruby, dried rose petal and balsamic scented reserva, still showing vibrant raspberry fruit and fresh acid. Chocolate-coated cherry character with hints of vanilla, but in a far more restrained way than in classic Rioja wines. Superb structure with ripe, fine-grained tannins and a tar-like grip towards the end of the long finish. Armit Wines 

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2012 Torre de Oña Martelo Reserva

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Bottle 75cl £28.02

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An extremely elegant reserva with an enveloping bouquet of crushed red cherries and subtle spices with just a hint of lavender. On the palate, smooth textures and bright red berry fruits are balanced by a refined mineral character which leads to a long and refreshing finish. Beautifully defined and supple, and almost Burgundian in style, this wine will age well...

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2017 Finca San Martin Crianza

La Rioja Alta Alavesa

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Bottle 75cl £14.16

Case of 12 £169.78

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