Beronia Crianza, DOCa Rioja
£15.99

Bodegas Beronia

Bodegas Beronia is quintessentially Rioja. Its wines are defined by the region and the soils in which the vines are grown, its name linked to the 'berones', a Celtic tribe who ilffabited La Rioja Alta in the 3rd century BC. Beronia the origins of La Rioja. The winery was founded in 1973 by a group of local businessmen whose great love of food and wine attracted them to the idea of producing their own Rioja. In 1982, the Gonzålez family, lookingto buy in the region, recognised the potential of the Beronia estate and began their long term commitment to the winery and to Rioja. Beronia retains the values inherent in its tradition and the millennia-old history of the Rioja region. Thanks to the support of Gonzålez Byass, however, it has also been able to incorporate a strong commitment to innovation and environmental protection. This dual focus on tradition and innovation is reflected in the creation of two distinct wine ranges; a prestigious classic range and a delightful single variety range highlighting the varieties native to the region.

Varietal: Tempranillo, 100% 10Garnacha, 2% Mazuelo.

Viticulture:

Bodegas Beronia is situed in Ollauri in the Rioja Alta area of Rioja, with the Sierra de Cantabria to the north and the Sierra de Demanda to the south. The area is influenced by both the Atlantic and Mediterranean and has a variety of chalky and clayey soils which make it a unique enclave for vineyards. Bodegas Beronia has 20 hectares of vineyards surrounding the winery and controls another 840 hectares through long term contracts. All of the vineyards controlled by Bodegas Beronia are found within a 1 Okm radius ofthe winery therefore giving the wines a very Rioja Alta characteristic. A close relationship is maintained with the 150 suppliers guaranteeing that only the best quality grapes are selected and that the process is carried out in the most natural way. The selection process begins in the vineyard with the winemaker selecting from each plot and defining to which blend or crianza the grapes are destined. The grape varieties planted in the Bodegas Beronia vineyards are Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, Mazuelo and Vlura. The Tempranillo variety counts for 85 0 0 ofthe vineyards and is the base for the majority of Beronia wines.

Beronia Crianza is produced from the Tempranillo, Gamacha and Mazuelo grape varieties. The 2012 vintage was classified as Very Good by the Rioja Regulatory Council.

Vinification

2012 saw high temperatures and lack ofrainfall which caused water strees during the vegetative cycle and therefore a reduction in yield. The harvest for this vintage took place at the begining of October. The grapes showed high alcohol and good levels of pH and acidity, perfect conditions for ageing. The grapes underwent cold maceration for a few days before alcoholic fermentation at 26 0C with periodic pumping over, directly followed by slow malolactic fermentation. The wine was stored in 4 deposits of 250.000 litre capacity which are used to ensure the homogeneity of the Crianza and was then transferred to mixed American and French oak barrels where it remained for another minimum of 12 months. The role of oak in the Beronia style is very important and much has been invested into how the wines, once in barrel, react to different toasts and styles of wood. These experiments have led Beronia to be pioneers in the use of mixed barrels, barrels with

American oak staves and French oak ends.

Tasting Note:    

Intense red cherry colour. Attractive nose with the red fruits standing out and floral aromas perfectly blended with touches

of mineral and cocoa. On the palate balanced and sweet with the fruit and liquorice standing out over a base of chocolate and coffee. Persistent and well structured. Alcohol:

Serving Suggestion: Perfect with red meats and pasta.

Ageing: 12 months in mixed American and French oak barrels.