Winery: Alonso & Pedrajo
Brand: Suañé Blanco Reserva 2017
Designation: D.O.Ca. Rioja
Type: White wine
Type of grapes: 80% Viura and 20% Sauvignon Blanc.
Time of ageing: 100% in French oak barrels for 12 months (25% of one year, 25% two years, 25% three years). After bottling it sits 13 months ageing in bottles until selling.
Vineyard and elaboration
It is a blend of two plots from La Rioja. The Viura variety is more than 70 years old and comes from the Finca Valdinero, with clay-limestone soils at an altitude of 615 metres, in Villalba de Rioja. The Sauvignon Blanc variety comes from young vineyards at 580 metres above sea level. The grapes are harvested manually.
Regarding its elaboration, bunches are gently destemmed, macerated with their skins for 12 days until the spontaneous alcoholic fermentation is halfway through. Then, the grape juice from gently pressed skins is devatted in a vertical press and finishes fermenting in 228-litre French oak barrels.
After 12 months of ageing, the lees are stirred weekly until racking. Wine decants for 2 months in tanks with its own lees, to facilitate spontaneous clarification and light filtration prior to bottling.
It is a minimal intervention wine with a slight addition of sulphur dioxide at the aftertaste of fermentation and at bottling.
The Alonso & Pedrajo winery was born from a close and long-standing friendship between two families who encouraged each other to start their dream of making their own wine.
Theory was put into practice in 2011. They chose the land and, in October 2013, they started the first harvests.
They have not yet travelled very far, but it has been a very intense journey. They are characterised by respecting and minimal intervening cultivation and winemaking techniques, which allows them to make wines that seek to surprise with their character and originality, but without forgetting the origin of their grapes, the most western Rioja in the foothills of the Obarenes Mountains, in Villalba de Rioja.
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