13.04.16

Ramón Bilbao Single Vineyard Rioja Lets The Grapes Speak Out

Press Release

Ramón Bilbao Single Vineyard Rioja Lets The Grapes Speak Out

The Ramón Bilbao Single Vineyard Rioja was one of the first wines that Rodolfo Bastida produced for the Bodegas when he became winemaker there in 1999.

His aim, even then, was to create a deliberately fruit-forward, easy-drinking, innovative blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha: a wine in which the grapes speak for themselves and are not hidden behind over-ageing and over-oaking.

The new 2014 vintage release of this wine is a blend of 70% Tempranillo and 30% Garnacha grapes sourced from Ramón Bilbao’s La Llana vineyard near the winery’s home in Haro.  Here, the 30-40 year old vines are planted at around 500 metres above sea level on the slopes of the Sierra Cantabria - the northernmost point of Rioja, and therefore with higher humidity levels and more influence from the Atlantic climate than other parts of the region.

Soils here also vary between river bed pebbles from the Quarternary Period and a clay subsoil.  Combined with just eight months spent in American oak, the result is a modern style of red wine from Rioja with a youthful, bright fruitiness from the Garnacha grapes and elegance and concentration from the Tempranillo fruit.

Bright cherry-red in colour, with aromas of sweet, ripe cherries, blackberries and hints of ripe peaches, this wine has subtle roasted notes on the nose from its few months in oak, and the palate is packed full of ripe red fruit, with a tasty, velvety finish.  A perfect partner to spicy meat or fish, Thai food and classic smoked, cured meat.

Ramón Bilbao Single Vineyard Rioja 2014               RRP £9.49, Majestic (Single Bottle Price)

ABV 13.5%                                                                                         

£9.49, or £7.49 when you mix & match 6 bottles        15th March - 25th April
£9.49, or £7.99 when you mix & match 6 bottles        26th April - 30th May

Majestic Rioja Promotion - 25% Off                               19thMay - 23rd May
£9.49, or £6.99 when you mix & match 6 bottles        31st May - 27th June
£9.49, or £7.99 when you mix & match 6 bottles        28th June - 29th August

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Date of issue:                        11 April 2016

Further information - emma wellings pr:  t 020 8996 5168  e alison@ew-pr.co.uk