THE HARVEST Grapes sourced from old vines, 40 year-old average age vineyards located in the highest ground of Rioja Alavesa in the foothills of Sierra Cantabria around Laguardia, Elvillar and Kripan. This is the hearthland and best “terroir” of Rioja Alavesa.
The grapes 60% Viura and 40% Malvasia, are picked by hand and put in boxes with a first, vineyard selection that involves discarding there those that dont meet the mark.
VINIFICATION The grapes are destemmed before undergoing alcoholic fermentation for 20 days between 12- 16º C. It was clarified with bentonite.
THE AGEING A third of the grapes are barrel fermented for 20 days in French oak barrels.
TASTING NOTES Colour: Clean and bright, with greyish hues at the edge. Nose: Intense fresh floral aromas that give way to white fruits like pears and tropical fruits. Palate: Dry with just enough acidity to make it fresh and lively with a structured and tasty finish of ripe fruit. Food matches: This wine goes well with grilled fish, fresh vegetables, salads as well as an aperitif.
THE HARVEST Grapes sourced from old vineyards, average age of 35 years and of calacareous clay soils of poor fertility and yields of no more than 4.500 kg per hectare. Situated at altitudes of between 400 and 700 meters and around the villages of Villabuena, Samaniego, Leza, Navaridas and Baños de Ebro which are all in Rioja Alavesa.
VINIFICATION Upon entering the bodega and passing the selection table, the grapes are de-stemmed and crushed before undergoing fermentation and then maceration in concrete deposits for a total of 8 days, obtaining better colour extraction as well as much more complex wines, suitable for prolonged aging. The wine is clarified with vegetable gelatines and follows anicrobic filtration.
THE AGEING After its primary fermentation, the wine is placed in barrels where it undergoes malolactic fermentation and is aged for a minimum of 12 months. It is then bottled for at least another 12 months.
TASTING NOTES Colour: Ruby red colour Nose: A clean nose with notes of balsamic and fine nuances of plum and clean oak. Palate: Smooth, fruit and spice flavours with toasted oak. Complex and structured. A pleasant finish with red fruits and hints of eucalyptus. Food matches: Recommended for red meats, game and ripe cheeses.
THE HARVEST Grapes sourced from vineyards around the village of Labastida (Rioja Alavesa) of an avergae age of 55 years old, at an altitude of between 500 and 560 hectares in the foothills of Sierra Cantabria. This village is considered the heartland of Rioja Alavesa, in turn a legendary sub-zone of the Rioja DOCa.
VINIFICATION 100% Tempranillo. The destemmed grapes undergo a cold pre-fermentation maceration for 36 hours at 6º C to optimize the extraction of aromatic elements present in the skins. The must is then fermented at 26ºC and macerated for a total of 10 days. After being racked, the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation spontaneously after one month.
BOTTLING After secondary fermentation and racking, the wine is placed in concrete tanks to help the decanting process, whereupon it is ready for filtering and bottling.
TASTING NOTES Colour: An intensely layered centre with mauve tones near the edge. Lively, clean and layered. Nose: Clean aromas characteristic of young tempranillo; aromas of wild fruits (blackberries, raspberries and sloes). Floral notes and a slight nuttiness on the finish. Palate: Shows a certain amount of character on the attack, although its acidity is offset by the warm, liqueur-like feel. On the finish, it is pleasant and a little treacly, and at the very end slightly satiny. The varietal character is noticeable once more on the palate, with hints liquorice and dairy products on the aftertaste. Food matches: This wine goes well with all kinds of Spanish tapas and chorizo-based dishes.
More than 20 years setting the standards for excellence Made in Spain
Entrepreneur Javier Ruíz de Galarreta founded ARAEX Rioja Alavesa in 1993 bringing together nine small and medium sized independent winegrowers from the Rioja Alavesa region. In just a few years, ARAEX became one of the main drivers of the production and export of the appellation.
In 2001, as the global popularity of Spanish wines expanded, along with his business prospects outside Rioja Alavesa, Javier created Spanish Fine Wines, a second company that grouped winegrowers from other respected Spanish regions, including Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Navarra, Rias Baxias, Cava and La Mancha. Now operating under the brand name ARAEX Grands Spanish Fine Wines Javier continues to create new wine ventures characterized by quality, global projection and respect toward the regional identity and heritage of his Spanish vineyards, as well as new collaborations.
From the crafting of prestigious wines to the organisation of tasting panels, ARAEX Grands Spanish Fine Wines activities stand out for their excellence and vision. Among our latest initiatives, the current cooperation with the world renowned winemaker Michel Rolland is especially remarkable.
Javier also introduced the Spanish Fine Wines Institute to enhance education and appreciation for Spanish wines and wine culture among wine trade and consumers, lead scientific research in the wine sector and promote environmental stewardship and social responsibility in the sector.
“We are glad to welcome you to learn more about ARAEX Grands Spanish Fine Wines and, above all, to enjoy the great range of premium wine brands that we offer to the world”.