Beronia IIIac, DOCa Rioja
£45.99

 

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 ilthabited 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 ofproducing their own Rioja. In 1982, the González 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 González 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.

In addition to these two ranges Beronia produces an Icon wine, Illac (3BC) referring to the century when the 'berones ' inhabited the area, however this wine is only produced in excellent years.

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 makes 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 onlythe 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 erianza the grapes are destined.

The grape varieties planted in the Bodegas Beronia vineyards are Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, Mazuelo and Viura. The Tempranillo variety counts for 85 0 0 of the vineyards and is the base for the majority of Beronia wines.

This wine is made from specially selected grapes from vines of more than 55 years old. The 2011 vintage was classified as 'Excellent' by the Regulatory Council of Rioja.

Vinification

The grapes for this wine were harvested by hand and were hand selected on the sorting table. Cold maceration was carried out for a few days before fermentation which was carried out below 260C with pumping over. After fermentation the wine in aged in new French barrels where it will remain for 15 months. The wine then remains a minimum of 12 months in bottle before being released to the market. In June 2013 the wine was bottled without any stablisation or treatment.

Tasting note

Deep cherry red colour with blue hues on the rim. On the nose an explosion of black fruits with touches of spice and menthols standing out. Silky, powerful and well structured. On the mouth balanced and fresh with fruit, spice, balsamics with subtle menthol notes. Very persistent with sweet and elegant tannins.

Technical Information  

Varietal: 96% Tempranillo, 2% Graciano, 2% Mazuelo

Perfect match for red meats.

Alcohol: 14% abv