Alegre Valganon Bahierra Rioja 2016

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney
Their first single-vineyard red, the 2016 Bahierra, comes from an extremely old plot in Fonzaleche close to Sajazarra on sandstone soils planted to a field blend of mainly Tempranillo with other reds and even whites (5% to 10%). This is a very special vineyard for them. It's subtle and reticent. They used some stems for the fermentation in open-top, 500-liter oak barrels, with foot treading and natural yeasts. The wine matured in two 500-liter barrels, where it underwent malolactic and some 14 months of élevage. It's juicy and chewy, powerful and very tasty. 1,100 bottles produced. It was bottled in early January 2018. LUIS GUTIEREZ