Moraza Rioja Alta Tempranillo 2020

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Featured in the International Wine Club September 2022

The Golden Mile of the Rioja region of Spain, is a 115km stretch of the oldest still standing wineries in the world. The six generation owned winery that is Moraza, sits in this small pocket of the world, and yet stands apart using exceptionally traditional methods. This means no oak, only concrete. Similarly, Moroza grow all of their own fruit. This may seem like a no-brainer, however much like in Champagne, fruit in the region was bought and sold from growers all across the region with the purpose of consistency rather than typicity.

Janire Moraza, was the first in her family to prioritise responsible farming through organic practices as well as giving Tempranillo space to breath and express itself.

For those who have come to expect the familiar bold and exceptionally strong Rioja’s flavours, this may come as a surprise, however the fresh and authentic characteristics that are drawn from the Tempranillo grape are incredibly juicy and pure. Sure, it has the juicy sour cherry, and driven acidity, but it is the natural earthiness, spice and smokiness that really bring the wine together. Serve slightly chilled.