Those of you who know Vintae a little know that we are restless, we like changes, evolution and we are constantly coming up with new things.
Today, we present you two new wines, or to be more precise, a new one and a renewed one.
The renewed GRAND LIBALIS maintains the spirit and name of its predecessor, but it has been changed inside and outside, that is, the wine and its container.
The touch of Riesling provides a nice balance and complexity to the Muscat √† Petits Grains. The grapes are selected with great care and the process focuses on extracting their best qualities. The result: tropical fruit, honey, marmalade and balsamic notes. It is a silky, glyceric wine with a pleasant fruity sweetness. In short, a GREAT white wine.
On the outside, it has experienced a radical change; it is closer to the hedonistic and cheeky spirit of the collection, although maintaining a touch of elegance thanks to the contrast of black and gold.
We also bring you LIBALIS RED, the first red wine of the collection. It follows the line of the Libalis wines thanks to the special touch that the Muscat √† Petits Grains provides the Garnacha variety.
It is a very aromatic and sound wine. On the palate, it is very tasty and light with a predominance of red fruit on both the palate and the nose.
What? Do you feel like trying them? They are already arriving at the shops, restaurants and wine merchants. Tell us what you think about them!
By Raquel Viejo Orna | Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
Today we bring you a new section of the blog, a section where we will gather every month a treasure chest of photos uploaded by you to Instagram and that include the hashtag #vintae or in which we have been tagged. And, the truth is, you take a bunch of cool photos of our wines and we do not want anybody to miss out for not having an Instagram account (although you can open an account yourself too; it is one of the most fun and entertaining social networks that we know).
So, we are starting with the month of January of 2015. I hope you like the photos! And if you upload any photos of our wines to Instagram you can tag us if you wish, follow us at @vintae
On Sunday, January 25th, the red carpet of Premios Feroz, in which the Spanish Cinematographic Informers Association awards the prizes, was rolled out in Gran Teatro Ruedo de Las Ventas of Madrid to receive the greatest stars in Spanish cinema in 2014 as well as film critics and journalists. In only two editions, Premios Feroz has been consolidated as the critics‚Äô awards, a sort of Spanish Golden Globes, which just like to the Oscars, it is the “prelude to the Goya awards”.
When we were asked to collaborate at these awards and provide Vintae wines exclusively for that night, the answer was an immediate “yes”. We knew that we would feel like fish in water by going to such a fun and radical event, where there is even space for banter between the industry and the critics in a relaxed environment. This year is also a cause for celebration due to the good health that the Spanish cinema is enjoying after a splendid year 2014.
And on Sunday, Tito (Arts Director) and I arrived there with the intention of making our wines known as well as enjoying a unique experience. I have to say that cinema is one of our passions and that I love Spanish cinema, so the night was promising.
When we arrived at Las Ventas, the curious people and fans crowded around the red carpet over which the actors and directors that would shortly receive their prizes walked in direction to the photocall. Matsu, of course, had to be on the photocall!
But before the gala, a cocktail party took place where there was food to nibble, of course, accompanied by wine (Libalis and El P√≠caro) and conversations with work and press-related colleagues.
At 9 in the evening, with the punctuality demanded by television broadcasting, we were all sitting at the round tables that were arranged in front of the stage, with El P√≠caro and Libalis ready to be enjoyed. We had great seats with an excellent visibility and we set out to enjoy the night, which started in a fantastic way with a parody of an academy of presenters to which Barbara Santa Cruz, the gala’s presenter, had to go.
After this video, Santa Cruz started a fun and dynamic gala full of jokes.
Without a doubt, the winner of the night was La Isla M√≠nima, which, in addition to the previously mentioned awards, received the award for the Best Drama Film.
It was a total pleasure to assist to the gala and make our contribution to the first grand party of Spanish cinema and to toast to another year of success.
See you in 2016!
We would like to thank Susana from Placement Comunciaci√≥n and the organisers of these awards for counting on us.
ANOTHER TWIST IN NATURAL WINES
A few months ago, we introduced Le Naturel, which was our first natural wine made in Bodegas Aroa (DO Navarra). We already told you that we did not want to stop there, that we wanted to continue experimenting with this type of wines, which are made intervening as less as possible, and today we bring you our second natural wine: Le Naturel Reposado Tradicional.
If the first Le Naturel was a fresh and very fruity wine, with Reposado Tradicional we are talking about a much less complex, subtle and delicate wine. They are both made with grapes from the same vineyards: the plot of land that surrounds the bodega in Zurucoain. They both undergo a similar winemaking process, intervening as less as possible and without adding any sulphites. However, this second Le Naturel, as its name suggests, goes through a “settling” period.
While wines with a recommended consumption date are stored in stainless-steel vats at a stable and controlled temperature before bottling, this second ‚ÄúReposado Tradicional‚ÄĚ remains in containers made with noble materials, so they do not alter the natural characteristics of the wine, for several months. During this period, the wine refines and gains nuances, becoming a wine with floral, spicy notes and with a long and persistent aftertaste, a mysterious wine full of subtlety that intends to capture all the secrets of the grape and the terroir in the purest of ways.
Le Naturel Reposado Tradicional is a limited edition wine, with only 2,274 bottles in this first 2013 vintage.
Just like in the first Le Naturel, the proper preservation of the bottles at a stable temperature below 16 degrees centigrade is paramount. The reason is that because it is a natural wine without any added sulphites, it can evolve even faster, especially if it experiences extreme temperature changes.
Stay tuned because there will be more new “naturales” on the way!
As you already know, our roots are in La Rioja, and we were born, have grown and have learnt everything that we know in this land (and we have much more to learn!). A large part of this acquired knowledge is present in the Hacienda L√≥pez de Haro collection, which we make in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, at Bodega Classica, and up until recently, it only included three red wines: a Young wine with a few months of barrel ageing, a Crianza and a Reserva.
But, our intention has always been to delve into the depths of La Rioja’s tradition with a touch of innovation, which is how we like it at Vintae. It is from this concept that the wines we are presenting you today are born: Hacienda L√≥pez de Haro Gran Reserva and Hacienda L√≥pez de Haro 30 months Limited Edition.
Both wines are a 2008 vintage and they have been aged in barrel and bottle for a long period. However, both wines are very different. The Gran Reserva is a more classical wine (although always bearing the touch of modernity present in the Hacienda L√≥pez de Haro collection) and the Special Edition is a more modern wine with a limited production.
The Hacienda L√≥pez de Haro collection has already become a classic contemporary collection of wines, and we believe that it would not have been complete without the Gran Reserva: an elegant and complex wine, a Tempranillo and Graciano coupage from grapes harvested in old vineyards, aged for over 30 months in French and American barrels and subsequently bottle aged for over 3 years.
And, the L√≥pez de Haro family is finally complete with the 30 months Limited Edition, a more modern wine with a production of just over 12,000 bottles. This wine is a coupage of Tempranillo from the area of the Sonsierra and Garnacha from the village of C√°rdenas made following traditional methods in open barrels and aged in new French oak barrels.
Now all that is left is trying them! And, of course, telling us what you think about them.
You can download the technical notes here.
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