El Mozo, Herrigoia Maceración Carbonica (2019)
Region – Rioja Alavesa, Spain
Grapes – Tempranillo 85%, Viura 15%
Alcohol – 14.5%
Age of vines – 80+ yrs
Viticulture - Organic
Suitable for vegans - Yes
Winemakers - Gorka and Itxaso
Gorka and Itxaso, although both from viticultor families in Rioja, coincidentally met while they were living in Barcelona, working in entirely unrelated fields. In 2010 Itxaso’s family were on the brink of selling their land and cellar when the couple decided to step in, determined to not let the family tradition die.
Rather than producing bulk wine to sell to large scale industrial Rioja producers, they decided to vinify and bottle their own wine, from their own vines. A pretty radical step in a region that has suffered a massive campaign of industrialisation.
Gorka and Itxaso are determined to make some pure Rioja wines that respect the almost lost traditions and history of this rich winemaking region.
This wine is a traditional semi-carbonic maceration young Rioja. Red and white from old bush vines co-fermented together in concrete tanks. Very fruit forward.