Aromas of ripe red fruits balanced with savoury capsicum and leafy characters. The palate has sweet, ripe blackberry and plum notes, toasty oak and a touch of pepper and spice. Rich and powerful with firm, chewy tannins and good length.
- Producer: Guelbenzu
- Winemaker: MILAGROS RODRÍGUEZ
- Country of Origin: Spain
- Region of Origin: RIBERA DEL QUEILES
- Grapes: Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Graciano.
- ABV: 14.50%
Established since the mid-nineteenth century, Guelbenzu built a new winery in Vierlas, in 2001. With just 46 hectares of vineyard in the Queiles Valley, their Lombana estate has stony soils with good drainage supporting low yields. The nearby Mount Moncayo and north wind creates perfect growing conditions for grapes – with high temperature differences between day and night, and protection from excessive moisture around the vines. Guelbenzu left the Navarra appellation to follow their desire to make wines more representative of the unique terroir - as such the wines are labelled ‘Vino de la tierra Ribera del Queiles’. The Ribera del Queiles appellation was created in 2003 at the request of Guelbenzu – and covers an area south of the river Ebro, between Navarra, Rioja and Aragon - in fact just 500m from the border with Navarra.
The predominantly Tempranillo grapes are sourced from 12 ha of vineyard around Vierlas. Average age of the vines is 10 years.
The wine is fermented in stainless steel for 15 days, then aged for 9 months in French and American oak. It then spends a further 12 months in bottle before release.
Drink with roast pork or chicken dishes, or bean casserole