Gatito Loco Rioja is bursting with fruit. With it’s eye-catching label depicting a Gatito Loco (literally meaning a crazy kitten), it is a young, yet full flavoured Rioja and is strikingly different. This wine has fresh, bright aromas of red and black fruits with a wonderful fresh character. Blackberry and red fruit flavours with supporting nuances of balsam, liquorice and chocolate. This is a young, un-oaked Rioja but quite complex wine and it stands out for its combination of full flavours and freshness.
This is a wine that emphasises vineyard over bodega, which moves away from the more traditional image of oaked Rioja, everything about this wine is intentionally provocative to challenge your view on what Rioja is!
Recommended by Decanter:
“Lively fruit flavours, ripe and full, yet composed and stylish” RRP £10.99: 88 Points: Decanter Panel: Decanter Magazine “Affordable Rioja £10 – £20” March 2020
It is made by a team at de Alto, working with Bodegas Manzanos and their winemaker Borja Ripa. Working with selected vineyards that have been converted and transformed into organic certified oases, the resulting wines are all about the fruit rather than winery and the ageing process. The quality of the grapes is particularly important in making this organic red.
Night harvesting and the practice of pressing to achieve free run juice from the grapes, followed by cooling of the must, maintains the freshness of flavours. During fermentation the initial ferment is kept cool to allow the maximum of fruit flavours and then allowed to warm up towards the end, giving good extraction of vital tannins as well as giving palate weight. The wines are kept on skins for a further 12 days after a 15 to 20 day ferment.
A must-try new find at Bush Vines!