Heredad de Baroja Gran Reserva 2002 (6 x 750mL), Spain.

Liquor Act 2007: It is against the law to sell or supply alcohol to, or to obtain alcohol on behalf of, a person under the age of 18 years. Liquor licence LIQP770010049

RRP $27.99

$19.99 per Bottle
$119.94 per pack

Overview

The 2002 vintage was the smallest in ten years as a result of winter drought and cool weather at flowering, and the best wines were produced from old vines able to draw on deep root systems to tap reserves of moisture. In addition, the summer was relatively cool, which added to the acid structure and lent a fresh vibrancy to the fruit.

This gran reserva was carefully elaborated using the traditional method of carbon maceration, with entire grapes sealed in a stainless steel deposit where they undergo alcoholic fermentation.

The process produces an excellent wine with an intense colour while preserving the grapes’ natural aromatic character. Then aged in American and French oak barrels for 36 months, and then kept in bottles for a minimum of 24 months or until it reaches its optimal maturation.

Region:
IMPORTED - Spain
State:
Imported
Country:
Spain

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour: Dense centre with a clean, dark cherry tone and medium intensity. The edge shifts to a maroon color.

Nose: Powerful and complex. Very ripe wild fruit, honey, liquorice and chocolate with notes of vanilla and pepper spices. The wood is well integrated.

Palate:Strong and intense. Liquorice and dark cherry, it shows good acidity on the attack with a pleasant, velvety feel. Balanced and meaty with a long, warm aftertaste.

Food Matches: Rice and pasta dishes, fish in sauce, meat stews, roasted lamb, chicken and cured meats.

Medals & Trophies

Germany – Berliner Wein Trophy 2015 – Silver Medal

UK – Decanter Wine Awards 2015 – Bronze Medal

UK – International Wine and Spirit Competition 2015 – Bronze Medal

Grays Tasting Panel Review

The nose is very inviting, blueberries, mocha and the faint umani-ness of wine that has spent an extended amount of time in barrel.

The palate has an intense sweetness upfront. Quince, blueberries and mocha, before it rolls into cola, sarsaparilla and liquorice. There are oxidative characters on the palate as well, a spicy yeastiness. Even with the age the tannins are still firm and drying and the acidity cleansing. Mouthfeel it good and the length long.

Drink with a slow roasted Castilian lamb shoulder and potatoes.

93 Points - Mick Keane, GraysWine Team - July 2016

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Vintage
2002
Region
IMPORTED - Spain
Grape Style
Tempranillo
Closure Type
Cork closure
Alcohol
13.5%

Winery Profile

At one of the highest points in Rioja Alavesa, in the village of Elvillar de Álava, the Meruelo family created Bodegas Heredad de Baroja in 1964. The winemaking cellar itself was built with a single purpose in mind: turning top-quality Tempranillo grapes into classic expressions of elegant Rioja Alavesa wine.

The Meruelo Family

Way back in the 1790s, Ribera del Duero had double the number of hectares of vineyards now planted. Fernando Meruelo (born 1953) is the third generation of a family of winemakers. He was born in Ribera del Duero and his Great-grandparents owned vineyards for centuries. In the 1970s the family moved from Ribera to the heart of Rioja Alavesa, where his Father was working as an oenologist for the regions´ leadings producers. When Fernando finished studying oenology, he joined his brother Tony Meruelo - the Chief Winemaker - and founded Bodegas Heredad de Baroja in 1982, so named because they both are keen on Pio Baroja, one of Spain´ s most awarded poets and playwright’s. Fernando´s dream was always to grow old vines and make premium wines under his own brand. After studying he briefly consulted other producers, but the pursuit of this dream and the challenge to keep on the Meruelo´s tradition led him to found Heredad de Baroja – a brand focused on the traditional Rioja style.

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