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Bodegas Rosario Vera ‘Honoro Vera’ Rioja 2016

28 September,2017
Earlier this month I reviewed a selection of artisanal Spanish wines coming under the Gil Family Estates brand. These were wines from individual producers in different regions that have come together under the Gil Family umbrella to enjoy a strong and unified marketing presence (click here to see my reviews). The winemaking philosophy of the Gil family of representing regional expression in a style for the modern world appears to be a unifying influence. Here I review the newest addition to the Gill Family Estates range, the 2016 Bodegas Rosario Vera ‘Honoro Vera’ Rioja. The wine is imported by Great Little Vineyards.


Bodegas Rosario Vera ‘Honoro Vera’ Rioja 2016

Primitivo from Spain

Dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, lighter on the rim and youthful in appearance. The nose is firmly concentrated with fragrant and aromatic dark raspberry fruit along with boysenberry notes and whole berry fermentation jam, confectionary and red floral notes. The fruit is primary and vibrant. Medium-full bodied, the palate is gently mouthfilling with sweet and juicy, ripe and luscious flavours of raspberries and subtle notes of boysenberries entwined with jam, floral and confectionary elements. The fruit is underlined by supple tannin extraction and soft, integrated acidity providing a fine-textured mouthfeel and line. The tannins grow in presence and carry the wine to a dry, textural finish with lifted red fruits, jam and floral nuances. This is an up-front, raspberry-fruited Rioja with jammy motes and fine, grainy textures providing a dry finish. Match with barbecued and grilled red meat dishes over the next 4-6 years. 100% Tempranillo from limestone rich clay soils, fermented over 15 days in stainless-steel tanks to 13.5% alc., with 10% of the wine aged 5 months in French oak. 17.5-/20 Sep 2017 RRP $28.00
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