Gómez Cruzado Rioja Blanco 2 Ano 2018
Spain / Aragon
Andy's Tasting Notes
This is a classy and very stylish white wine where richness, freshness and complexity are beautifully combined. Peach, citrus, gentle spice, toast, vanilla and cream. If you love quality white Burgundy you will find this a broadening of your horizons and tastes!
Viura/Tempranillo Blanco blend
Production notes: The Viura and Tempranillo Blanco grapes are harvested from a single plot, slightly sloping, in a high altitude area of Haro. The soil is stony alluvial – with pebbles on the surface and limestone below. The vines are low yielding, and harvesting is by hand into 200kg crates. The grapes are hand-sorted at the winery then lightly pressed (around half the stems are included) and spontaneous fermentation occurs. Alcoholic fermentation is in stainless steel at 16ºC, then half the wine spends 5 months in French oak (not roasted, steam bending) with its lees, and half is aged with lees in concrete. The parts are then blended and bottled.
“The climatic conditions of the 2018 vintage were radically different from 2017. The year started off with heavy snow on January 6th, which was a sign of things to come: a cold and rainy vintage. This year saw a return to a long-cycle harvest with one of the latest harvests in our history: the picking of white Tempranillo began on October 12th. White wines from 2018 have great potential, with notable freshness and acidity. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, this is one of the best white vintages in the last ten years.” Gomez Cruzado
Price per bottle £13.75
The Gómez Cruzado winery dates back to 1886 when Angel Gómez de Arteche started to produce and bottle his own wine in Haro, at the very heart of Rioja Alta. This was in the day when the wine trade between Rioja and France passed along the Tudela-Bilbao line, and the key Rioja wineries were located around the station of Haro.
The winery sits just 100m from the station to this day. Subsequently bought by Angel and Jesus Gomez Cruzado in 1916, and more recently by the Baños family, David González (winemaker) and Juan Antonio Leza (viticulturalist) now head up the winemaking team. They have been working with Gomez Cruzado for over 10 years, crafting wines from vineyards of old bush vines in the most elevated areas of Rioja Alta and Alavesa. They source from almost a hundred different plots across 3 distinct regions: Alto Najerilla, Bajo Najerilla and Sierra Cantabria.
Gómez Cruzado is working towards certification under the Decalogue of Integral Sustainability for the Agri-Food Industry developed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, for its commitment to the permanent improvement of the sustainability of its activities, including its supply chain, its local economy and consumers, its workers, its environmental footprint management, its energy management, its ethical conduct, its biodiversity work, its ecodesign, its waste management and its research and development work.
In the winery, Gómez Cruzado is constantly making incremental improvements such as reducing its use of sulphur, using more recycled and recyclable materials, and reducing its energy and water waste through investment in energy-efficient practices and implementation of water conservation programmes. Gómez Cruzado’s vineyard efforts are centered around preserving its old bush-trained vines from which it can create great wines, strongly rooted in their terroir. Historical practices of sustainable and thoughtful viticulture and winemaking are also continued as they are both a part of the estate’s cultural legacy and a part of its commitment to respecting and protecting the environment in the future. All vineyard work is done manually.
Food matchCreamy vegetable or fish dishes