Remelluri Reserva Rioja 2015
Remelluri became the first single-estate/monopole Rioja of the modern era with its release of the 1971 vintage. Remelluri is produced by the brother and sister team of Telmo Rodríguez (winemaker) and Amaia Rodríguez Hernandorena (viticulturist), with Telmo’s winemaking partner, the prolific Pablo Eguzkiza (trained at Château Petrus).
Remelluri Reserva is the original wine from Granja Nuestra Señora de Remelluri, sourced from the most important vineyards consisting of 153 plots in 25 sites at the contiguous property. Only indigenous varieties are used, planted from 1918 until today, averaging 40 years old. The blend consists primarily of goblet-trained tempranillo, garnacha, and graciano varieties with an average yield of 29hl/ha. Only grapes from the estate are used for Remelluri Reserva. Certified organic farming (certified by ENEEK, the Basque Agricultural Regulatory Council) and made with low intervention, unfiltered, and minimal sulfur at bottling.
Vintage – 2015 was marked by excellent and even weather conditions that resulted in exceptional vintage quality. The large water reserve due to a cold, wet winter with abundant snow in February and March favored optimal vegetative development. After a mild spring, veraison arrived early due to a hot, dry summer with the rains in September, which led to early technical ripening. This situation forced a long and selective hand-harvest by individual plants and bunches in search of the optimum phenological ripeness. Bunches were hand-harvested from September 22 until October 25.