Badiola Rioja Alavesa Leza L3Z4 2018


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Badiola Rioja Alavesa Leza L3Z4 is a balanced and smooth wine delivering rich aromas of dark cherries complemented by delicate hints of spice and herbal notes of thyme and rosemary.

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Winery: Badiola

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The grapes come from carefully selected parcels in the village of Leza, close to the Sierra Cantabria and produces structured wines from old vines planted at 600 metres elevation. The mesoclimate here is cool and humid, which leads to later ripening than other areas in the region and the wines have dense, inky and muscular tannins with a dark fruit profile. The bush vines are planted in limestone soils and are cultivated with respect for the environment, using minimal sprays of copper and sulphur. The fruit is hand-harvested in 15 kilogram boxes to preserve the quality. Current Denominación de Origen regulations in Rioja only permit the use of a village name on the label by the location of the winery (i.e. the building, not the vineyards) thus the wine from the Leza vineyards is marketed as L3Z4.

The Tempranillo grapes were manually sorted to maintain diversity and subtle variation in ripeness adding complexity. Fermentation and malolactic conversion took place with selected yeasts in stainless steel tanks and concrete vats at moderate temperatures. The amount of daily pump-overs and maceration timings were tailored to each individual tank based on tastings, with the aim of obtaining balance without over-extraction. The wine was made without excessive use of new oak or oxidative ageing. 47% was matured in first and second-use French barriques of 300 litres for nine months and the balance was aged in stainless steel tanks on its fine lees. Blending and bottling took place on January 31st 2019, with just 5,066 bottles being produced.

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RRP £30.49
Vintage 2018
Alcoholic strength 14.5%
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Subregion Rioja Alavesa
Grapes Tempranillo 100%
Body C
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian No
Vegan No
Milk No
Eggs No
Organic No
Biodynamic No
Closure Cork

Badiola, founded in 2018, is a winery based in the heart of Rioja Alavesa which offers a new perspective on Rioja wines: here the emphasis is on site, rather than ageing.

The vineyards are situated on the slopes of the Sierra Cantabria, predominantly surrounding the villages of Villabuena, Leza, Laguardia and Baños del Ebro, with each terroir producing wines with distinctive character. The vines are extremely old and low-yielding; many were planted in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s and they deliver concentrated juice with a clear identity.

Vines are planted on hillsides in soils with a high percentage of limestone, a characteristic that sets Alavesa apart from the rest of Rioja, together with high altitude and vineyard age. The winemaking philosophy is to obtain very pure, fresh and well-textured wines that reflect their origin.

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