2018 Remelluri Rioja Labastida

94 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
In stock
A fine and elegant Rioja from a unique producer. Remelluri is the family estate of Telmo Rodrigues, a legend of Spanish wine whose reputation is hard to overstate. This label is both a departure from tradition and a preservation of it: it was created to maintain the estate's long-standing contract suppliers in a neighbouring village, yet bottled as a village wine -- against Rioja blending traditions. By contrast to its companion from 5km away on the other border or "Linde" (the Mediterranean-influenced San Vincente village), Labastida's 400+ years in wine have enjoyed a higher rainfall and a cooler Atlantic breeze, producing a slightly more bright-fruited, aromatic style. Terroir Rioja for a very cheap price, this needs to be experienced.
$39.99 in mixed 6+ or $44.99 per bottle

Grape

Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano.

Its Origins

Remelluri was founded by monks in the 14th Century, although there is evidence dating even farther back of wine being made on these premises. The vines changed hands a number of times over the years before being purchased by Jaime Rodriguez in 1967. In 2010, Jaime’s son and daughter, Telmo and Amaia Rodríguez, took the reins of the estate and set about making a series of changes to showcase the potential and diversity of Remellur’s different terroirs, and ultimately reclaim Rioja’s viticultural history. The first major change was to cut down the production of Remelluri wines by one third, restricting it to wines produced from the estate’s own grapes. The two wines made from grapes grown in the surrounding villages are now sold under the label ‘Las Lindes de Remelluri’, and are identified each by their village of origin: Labastida and San Vicente de la Sonsierra. As a nod to Rioja’s historic viticultural traditions, they have begun moving the Garnacha from trellis to bush-grown vines and will be working increasingly with mixed field plantings. Although Remelluri has always eschewed chemical treatments in the vineyard, 2010 marked the year of the estate’s full organic certification. Work in the winery plays a secondary role in Telmo’s philosophy, but great care is taken to make sure that each bottle reflects the terruño of the region: wines are fermented with native yeasts, each plot is vinified separately, new oak is used very scarcely and the wines are very lightly filtered and fined.

Telmo Rodrigues

What The Critics Say

94+/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Luis Gutierrez

"Produced with grapes from suppliers, the 2018 Lindes de Remelluri Viñedos de Labastida comes from a cooler and wetter year not without challenge. A blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano, it fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in barrels of different sizes and origins for 13 months. This is more reticent and serious, with a grainy sensation on the palate, beautifully textured. It has more austere tannins. This is probably the finest vintage for this wine so far. 2018 has produced many great wines. 87,200 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2020." Drink 2021 - 2026

94/100 James Suckling

"A firm, linear red with black licorice, black cherries and violets. Medium-bodied, yet the tannins are round and pretty. All here. Drink or hold."

Variety Tempranillo
Region Rioja
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2021 - 2026

This Wine Goes Well With

with GAME
with LAMB
with PORK

Taste

4

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.

John’s Picks