Yum yum yum! A cracking modern take on Rioja. It's a juicy blend of Garnacha (Grenache) and Tempranillo that sees zero oak! That's right zero. What this does is let the fruit shine and shine it does. Vibrant red and black fruits abound with a touch of savoury spice as you'd come to expect from quality Rioja. The acidity is lively and refreshing meaning you can serve slightly chilled for day consumption or at room temp in the evenings. This vibrancy lends itself to a wide range of foods from white flashed fish to BBQ'd meats so tapas would be a great option. An instant Covert fave!
Real Agrado was started by agricultural engineer Juan Manuel Domínguez in 1974. Since 2006, Julian Ayuga has run the show. As a former consultant, winemaker, and member of the DOC Rioja Appellation tasting committee, Julian is highly regarded, and he has mentored many young and uprising wine folk in Rioja today. At 72 years of age, he proudly claims that nobody alive has opened more bottles of Rioja than him!
The wine comes from vineyards in the two south-eastern pueblos of Aldeanuevo and Alfaro. These lands have a distinct Mediterranean influence, and nestle in the foothills of scenic Monte Yerga. The wines are labelled Viñedos en Propiedad: 100 hectares of family-owned vineyards is divided into four vineyard areas.
80% Garnacha and 20% Tempranillo from La Lobera and Canterabuey, planted in 1992 and 1975 respectively, fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. The Garnacha is destemmed and the Tempranillo is fermented using carbonic maceration. Unoaked.