Sumaridge Estate Red Blend, Sumaridge
Made from grapes grown in the heart of the Rioja Alta region, this wine is a contemporary Spanish classic. It realy delivers, with a modern fruit forward nature and delicious spicy coffee character from 18 months in oak. Excellent value Rioja, and a charming addition to the cellar.
A classic Rioja winery, located in the village of the Sonsierra, at the foot of the Tolono mountain range. Built in 2006, the winery is at the heart of the 70-hectare vineyard and crafts its wines in the traditional Rioja style. French and American oak is used to add complexity to the Tempranillo-based wines which are supported with the addition of other indigenous varieties, Graciano and Garnacha. From fruity Rioja Crianza Rioja to structured and bold Reserva Rioja wines, Bodega Classica produces wines with class and great flavour.
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.
Attractive nose of ripe brambles, bilberries and a hint of tobacco. Creamy texture with black raspberry, blackberry and cherry on the palate integrated with toasty coffee-hinted oak. Lingering, smooth finish with a touch of spice.
Hungarian goulash, loaded with paprika and spice, and served with crusty bread and a dollop of soured cream.