Contino Blanco 2018, CVNE
Spain / Aragon
Andy's Tasting Notes
Not one to overchill – this is elegant and understated yet beguilingly complex with citrus, aniseed, roasted nuts and herbal overtones. It has a lovely aromatic, floral quality, cleansing acidity and a subtle yet persistent finish. Very classy.
10% Garnacha Blanco
In 1973 Contino became the first single estate Rioja. The pioneering 62ha estate on the bank of the Ebro has foundations dating from the 16th century.
Production notes – vineyard: The Garnacha Blanca comes from the San Gregorio Encina plot which was planted in 1980 and whose soils are calcareous clay. The Viura comes from different parts of Contino, from the alluvial, old pago of Lentisco, from the stony San Gregorio La Tabla and from La Finca de Santa Maria. All of these vines are between 35 and 40 years old.
Production notes – winemaking: The close proximity of the vineyards to the winery meant that the grapes arrived in perfect condition. Whole bunches of hand-picked grapes were destemmed and transferred to a stainless steel vat where several hours of skin contact took place. Following this, the vat was drained and pressed and the alcoholic fermentation took place, taking about 20 days. Once completed, 30% of the wines was racked to concrete tanks and 70% to new and second use oak barrels from different coopers and of various sizes, namely 500 litres and 400 litres, and where the wine remained for 10 months.
Price per bottle £21.00
The C.V.N.E winery and headquarters have been at the Cune site in Haro since 1879. C.V.N.E., or to give it its full name, Compañía Vinicola del Norte de España (The Northern Spanish Wine Company) was established in 1879 in Haro, Rioja. Set up by two brothers, Eusebio and Raimundo Real de Asúa, their aim was to capitalise on the flourishing new trade in wine. C.V.N.E. is still controlled by the direct descendants of the founding family, now in its fifth generation. C.V.N.E. farms half of its grape crush. The remainder is purchased from long term growers. With three wineries in the region; Cune, Viña Real and Contino the winemakers have control over quality from vineyard to bottle.
CVNE were the first wine company in Spain to achieve the double Environmental Footprint (Carbon and Water). This double Footprint helps to verify the greenhouse gas emissions as well as the direct and indirect consumption of water.
Food matchGrilled vegetables, fish or white meat