Tremendus Clarete Rosado 2019 - Honorio Rubio - Rioja, Spain 75cl
GRAPE: VIURA GARNACHA
BOTTLE SIZE: 75CL
WINEMAKER: HONORIO RUBIO
The vineyards surround the small town of Cordovín in La Rioja Alta 20km south of Haro, 30km south east of Logroño. This area is famous in northern Spain for making “El Clarete de Cordovín”, a light refreshing rosé style wine. The family Rubio-
Villar owns a total of 37.1 acres (15 hectares) spread across the region of Cordovín in La Rioja and controls production of another 150.5 acres (50 hectares) owned by wine growers from whom the family have purchased grapes for many years.
The main red wine varietals are Tempranillo and Garnacha and the main white varietals are Viura and Garnacha.
The vineyard’s average age is 30 years. Soils are rich in clay and red sand at an altitude ranging from 580 to 650 metres. Annual rain fall is between 350 and 600mm. Cordovín is widely known because of the unique style of Rioja wine produced in the region, the so-called claret. It is mistakenly classified by many as rosé. Clarete visually resembles rosé but the method of production is different. Maceration is on the skins of both white and red grapes before the juice is drawn off and fermentation takes place. This process essentially creates a white wine with a pale pink colour. Bone dry and fresh with subtle red fruit flavours and a pleasant creaminess from lees ageing. A sort of Spanish equivalent to Provence pink.
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