2017 Rioja "Organza" Blanco Reserva, Vinedos de Sierra Cantabria
Spain – 2018
Tasting Note: Rounded, silky white Rioja, scented with citrus, flavoured with apricot and given a welcome creaminess by vanilla.
Food Matching: A great match to pork, poultry and mushrooms as well as roast chicken and grilled fish.
Vineyard: Celebrating their 150th anniversary, Sierra Cantabria are steeped in not just history, but innovation. With such iconic projects under their belt as Numanthia and San Vicente, they have revolutionised Rioja and as such many people revere Marcos Eguren, winemaker, to be the finest Spain has to offer. The Sierra Cantabria Estate wines are their nod to the traditions of the region and all hail from the vineyards of Sonsierra de San Vicente. This zone is very well protected from the North and has a sloping landscape from Sierra Cantabria to the Ebro river, with very good South and South-West sun exposure, providing an accentuated and unique identity. With an average yield of 35hl/ha, the grapes are grown using a number of biodynamoc practices and are then hand harvested in small boxes when perfectly healthy and ripe. Further selection made in the winery using a sorting table under Marcos' meticulous eye.