Urbina Viura Crianza Rioja, Bodegas Urbina

£15.90 / bottle
£181.26 / case (12+ bottles, 5% off)

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Urbina Viura Crianza Rioja is a white Rioja made from 100% Viura (a.k.a. Macabeo) with an extended period of 48 hours skin contact. 

This superb single estate is located in Cuzcurrita de Rio Tiron on the north-western boundary of DOC Rioja. Urbina has 75 hectares of vineyards at two main vineyard sites – the first site is at Cuzcurrita de Rio Turon, an area well-known for producing Riojas capable of ageing for many years ideal for Gran Reservas. The other vineyards are located at Uruñuela, in the heart of the Rioja DOC, which consistently produces wines of great quality and body. Four generations of the Urbina family had dedicated themselves to producing Rioja wines and, following in his father’s footsteps, Pedro Urbina is the current wine-maker. In 1976 the family took the decision to bottle and age all the wine made themselves, rather than selling grapes to other wine producers, and the single estate Urbina Rioja wines were created.

Bodegas Urbina produces 400,000 bottles of red Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva and 50,000 bottles of white and rosé wine, all made from grapes sourced from their own vineyards. The vineyards are cultivated using traditional methods, harvesting is by hand and there is little, or no, use of weed killers and pesticides. Additionally all fertilizer used is organic. Only local / indigenous yeasts are used in the wine-making process which help to give Urbina wines their unique personality. Most recently, there has been a large investment in modern installations, stainless steel fermentation tanks and a bottling plant.

Urbina Viura Crianza Rioja is made from 100% Viura grapes sourced from the family’s “Valle de Angel” vineyard. The grapes are left in contact with the skin for 48 hours, undergo a period of cold maceration at 10°C and then free-run juice slowly ferments at 18°C with fine lees stirring to bring structure and smoothness. The wine is then aged 6 months in new French oak and 50% 225 litre American oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

Urbina Viura Crianza Rioja has a light golden colour, bright, with aromas of white flowers, butterscotch, banoffee pie, dried mangoes, papaya and spices. Voluminous palate, great length, fruity, floral, good maturity, hints of apricot, melon, grapefruit, with honey notes and white flowers

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