A cracking new release for Tom Puyabert. While the majority of entry-level wines from this region today are based on Tempranillo, a variety both easier and more profitable to grow, here Garnacha represents 60% of the blend. This Garnacha hails from the sandy, river stone terroir of El Agudo, a 60-year-old plot at Alfaro on the Monte Yerga (Rioja Baja). The Tempranillo is drawn from a selection of mature vines in Ábalos (Rioja Alta), and there is also some Ábalos Graciano, adding freshness and finesse. Puyabert fermented the wine in a combination of concrete and steel tank, then aged it for six months in concrete and 5,000-litre oak vats. The result is simply a must-try bargain.
Pair with Spanish ham and chorizo or lamb cutlets on the bbq.
Varietal / Blend: Tempranillo, Grenache & Graciano
Decant: Not necessary
Closure: Screw cap
Farming Practices: Sustainble
Frenchman Tom Puyaubert is a Riojan star in the making! Exopto’s old vine holdings surround the town of Abalos at an altitude of 600-plus metres in the Rioja Alta district. Of the three districts in Rioja (Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja), Rioja Alta is the coolest and has the highest rainfall. Exopto’s Tempranillo vines are between 50-100 years old, Garnacha (Grenache) is 70 years old and Graciano, 30 years old. Soils here are clay and limestone over a sandy, rocky base and ripening very late. Only French oak is used in the ageing process.