Elegant full-bodied, complex Rioja with great personality and expression. Tempranillo blended with 23% Garnacha, 5% Mazuelo and 3% Graciano. The vines are over 40 years old. 14 months on a mix of new and second use French and American oak. Aromas and tastes of black fruit, some lavender, rosemary, coconut, vanilla and black chocolate. Lingering aftertaste with cocoa and coffee.
Serve with red meat, including BBQ. Delicious with lamb tout court, also with moussaka. Spanish-inspired dishes with red peppers or chili con carne. Delicious with paella with saffron or Moroccan tagines. Surprisingly red with Indian-inspired cuisine. Delicious with hard sheeps’ cheese such as manchego.
About this winery:
Bodegas Mateos is situated in Rioja Oriental near the Ebro river. To the north, the mountain range Sierra de Cantabria protects this region from the Atlantic rains and to the south, the Sierra de la Demanda shields it from the inland heat. The vineyards are planted in 4 different locations and the average age of the vines is 45 year. Focus lies on Tempranillo Tinto & Blanco, Graciano, Garnacha and Mazuelo. The Garnacha Cepas Viejas grows on a century-old vineyard located on the slopes of Mount Yerga.