Sumaridge Estate Red Blend, Sumaridge
High-quality Rioja fruit shines through in this fine Reserva. Two years in American and French oak casks give lovely complexity and smooth tannins along with enticing bramble and sweet spice aromas.
Compañia Vinicola del Norte de España (or CVNE) is a historic Rioja wine producer founded in 1879. Family owned, and with a number of different brands and labels producing a broad range of wines CVNE is a well-known and highly regarded producer and exports its Rioja wines to the world. The CVNE Imperial range is produced from 28 hectares of vines located in Rioja Alta, and fermentation and ageing takes place in French oak, producing wines of depth and character.
Located in the between central Spain and the heart of the Basque country, Rioja has been one of Spain's hallmark wine producing regions for generations. Famous for its wines made from a blend of red grapes dominated by Tempranillo and Garnacha, or Grenache, modern incarnations of Rioja are bright and laden with red-fruit character, underpinned by sweet spice and vanilla. The Cantabrian mountains to the north of the region protect the vineyards from the harsh Atlantic-derived weather, and Rioja enjoys a warm, dry climate.
Most Rioja wines receive oak treatment, which gives them their signature vanilla and sweet spice flavours. The amount of time they age in oak defines their category. Rioja Joven wines receive little or no oak; while Rioja Crianza gets a minimum of one year in barrel followed by one year in bottle. Reserva wines get a year in oak and minimum two years in bottle while the region's finest wines, Rioja Gran Reserva, cannot be released until they have undergone five years ageing, two of which will be in oak.
Tempranillo is a variety of widely grown black grape, and is most famously used in the wines of Spain and Portugal. Nearly every red wine from Rioja and the Ribero del Duero uses Tempranillo as the heart of their blended wines, and in Portugal, as Tinto Roriz, it is a key component of the fortified Port blend. Tempranillo wines are ruby-red in colour, with notes of red-berries, plum, tobacco, vanilla, leather, and herbs. The grape is also extensively grown in Argentina and Chile.
Intense ruby red, bright and deep in colour. Rich, deep aromas of bramble, red autumn fruit with a hint of balsamic and warm spices from fine oak. The palate is fine, complex and long, with balanced tannins and an excellent bright finish.
Try with a hunk of strong mature cheddar and sun-dried tomato pesto.