Bodegas Montecillo

Montecillo Rioja Limited Edition 2013 | Silver medal

£19.35

60 in stock

Dried black fruits and vanilla in this delicious Rioja 2013 aged in oak for 28 months. Decanter Silver.

A remarkable Rioja, blend of Tempranillo and Graciano grapes, winner of Decanter Silver Medal (2013 vintage). Very aromatic, with dominant aromas of black fruits. Ageing in oak for a long period of time (28 months) and further 18 months in the bottle helped to soften the tannins and produce very complex flavours of biscuit, dried fruit and vanilla.

“Soft, silky texture with black fruits and some spice. Firm yet ripe tannins.” – Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2019

Winemaker

Geographical Indication

Style

Still Dry Red Wine

Grape

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Vintage

2013

ABV

13.5%

SKU: STR-TEM-SP-MON-2013-01 Categories: , , , ,
Description

Winemaking

Grape: 65% Tempranillo, 35% Graciano

Vineyard location: Tempranillo is cultivated between Fuenmayor and Medrano, and Graciano is from Laguardia.

Winemaker: Bodegas Montecillo.

Harvest: By hand into small cases. Tempranillo is picked during the second week of October, and Graciano at the end of the month.

Fermentation and Pressing: Each varietal is fermented in separate stainless tanks at the controlled temperature of 26°C, for 20 days. During this period the must is continuously pumped over to extract colour and structure. After this, the grapes are lightly crushed rather than hard pressed – following the the traditional method of “Sangrado”, or bleeding – so the grapes release the “lagrimas”, or tears.

Malolactic fermentation: In small cement vats.

Oak ageing (oxidative): Each varietal is transferred into separate French oak barrels, where they mature for 22 months. At the next stage, both varietals are joined together and they mature for 6 more month, already as a single wine.

Bottle ageing: Finally, the wine is bottled and matures in the bottle for 18 months before is is released to the market, to develop complex tertiary aromas.

Analytical data

ABV: 13.5% vol

Residual sugar: 1.8 g/l

Acidity: 5.7 g/l

pH: 3.481

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Deep ruby colour.

Nose: Pronounced nose with aromas of black fruits (black plums,
blackberries), liquorice, with hints of pastry and biscuit. Aromas of vanilla and smoke from ageing in oak.

Palate: Dry wine, with medium alcohol and body. Sweet ripe and robust tannins, fresh acidity, balanced and with a long finish.

Verdict: “Very Good” (balanced, long finish, pronounced aromatic intensity)

Plum

Black plum

Liquorice

Liquorice

Vanilla

Vanilla

Useful tips

Pairings: This powerful and elegant Rioja works best with red meat dishes: beef or venison steaks or beef burgers.

Serving temperature: Room temperature, or 18 ° C

Storage: In a cool place, away from direct sunlight, bright artificial light or heat sources

Ranking & Awards

  • Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2019 (2013 vintage)
  • Bronze Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 (2011 vintage)
  • “Commended”, Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 (2010 vintage)
  • 92 pts: International Wine Challenge (2011 vintage)
  • 91 pts: Andreas Larsson (2011 vintage)
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