La Maldita Red 2018

La Maldita Red 2018

Garnacha has traditionally been the second most planted grape variety in Rioja. It is locally known as La Maldita (the cursed one), due to the difficulties it poses in making high-quality wines and to its extremely low yields. Many growers have opted to replace Garnacha throughout the Rioja region; however, Vivanco aims to preserve the heritage of Garnacha in Rioja proving that in fact, the region is a great place to grow Garnacha. Vivanco grows its Garnacha at higher altitudes where the variety expresses its fruity characteristics to the fullest.

100% Garnacha from goblet trained vines more than 40 years old

Vineyard Sites:

Rioja Baja (Tudelilla)

Central Rioja (Villamediana & Alberite)

Rioja Alta (Badaran, San Asensio & San Vicente)

Gravel soils from 450 m in elevation up to 700 m

Cold-soaked in stainless steel to keep the varietal character. Fermentation at 28 degrees C for 10 days with gentle pump-overs followed by malolactic fermentation in tanks.

70% of the wine remains in tanks on the lees for three months, 30% of the wine aged in a combination of French and American oak for 3 months.

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