93pts Wine Advocate at Only HK$185/bt - 2009 La Rioja Alta S.A. Vina Ardanza Reserva

A famous family-owned name in Rioja, La Rioja Alta is a large estate which consistently produces high quality wines at excellent price points and only releases their wines when they are ready-to-drink. We are happy to be able to offer a large parcel of La Rioja Alta’s Ardanza Reserva 2009, being “one of the flagship wines from La Rioja Alta” (Wine Advocate), this is a high quality Rioja that is “very balanced, serious and harmonious” (Wine Advocate).

2009 La Rioja Alta S.A. Vina Ardanza Reserva

HK$1,110 per case of 6 (6*75cl, Average Price HK$185 per bottle)

93pts Wine Advocate

The current vintage of one of the flagship wines from La Rioja Alta is the 2009 Viña Ardanza Reserva, the second year it has contained 20% Garnacha grapes from their estate vineyards in La Pedriza in the village of Tudelilla in Rioja Baja. The Tempranillo comes from vineyards averaging 30 years of age in Fuenmayor and Cenicero. The hand-harvested bunches were sorted and put in boxes, transferred to the winery at 14 degrees Celsius to be destemmed and crushed, then the grapes fermented in stainless steel, including malolactic. The two varieties were aged separately, 36 months in used American oak barrels for Tempranillo and 30 months for Garnacha, and racked every six months. It was initially closed, shy and serious, riper and a little darker than the 2008 but still very balanced, serious and harmonious. The palate combines power with elegance, with some tannins, focused flavors, some chalky texture and a rustic touch that gives it character. 600,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2014.

Subject to final confirmation. ETA 3-4 weeks.

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