The Invisible Man, Rioja Alta, Casa Rojo, 2015 75cl

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Country Spain
Region Rioja
Brand Casa Rojo
Grape Variety Tempranillo
Size 75cl
ABV 13.5%
Closure Type Cork
Vintage 2015
Maturity Can drink now or cellar for a couple of years
Food Match Roasted loin of venison with prunes
Style Soft & Fruity

Hand-harvested grapes from old vines undergo a traditional fermentation followed by ageing; in oak barrel for a year and bottle for nine months.

Fruit driven Rioja, with an almost New World style, red and black berries to the fore; the palate hints at fine pastries with notes of vanilla.

The Tempranillo grapes are grown in the Rioja Alta region, in vineyards close to the village of Cuzcurrita de Rio Tiron in the north-west of the region. There are three distinctly different types of soils in the vineyards here: claystone, stony and iron-clayish, providing grapes with plenty of character. About 5% of the blend is made up of the Mazuelo grape variety as is traditional in the region to add colour and structure.

Country Of Origin: Spain

The Casa Rojo team take a creative approach to the whole business of wine, building a sense of fun and spirit into an immersive experience with grape and terroir. The passion of these ‘wine designers’ can be experienced through a joyful journey to seven regions to meet some of the native grapes that are grown there.

The expression of a family, land, climate, and ultimately origin is strong in their wines. The historic vocation of the different Spanish winemaking regions, a legacy passed down from generation to generation, plays out in the glass. It was the great diversity of Spanish terroirs that provided the inspiration to create a range which could be assembled from the product of local expertise; to perfectly represent the spirit of the terroir from which it originates is no easy task.

Their team of winemakers, sommeliers, designers and professionals from the world of wine all share a singular obsession; to create wines to express the authentic terroir, to make wines with character and structure. The grapes are harvested and the wine made with the utmost respect for the natural qualities of the variety; this includes the use of native yeasts.

Casa Rojo, with their innovative and ground-breaking vision, shows how small is beautiful: they are not distracted by the details of the bottling facility or the logistics of large wineries, which add cost without adding value. Their focus is the viticulture, oenology and design of a wine to produce nothing but pleasure when consumed. They believe that evolution of consumer markets requires an evolution of ideas, in order to add value to their wines. Ideally these wines will sell themselves and at the same time reflect the history behind the grapes.

Country Of Origin: Spain

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