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Luis Cañas Barrel Fermented Blanco 2018


  • Country: Spain
  • Region: DOCa Rioja
  • Grape: 85% Viura; 15% Malvasia
  • ABV: 13.5%
  • Awards/Accolades: 91 points: Tim Atkin MW - Special Rioja Report 2019
  • Good to know: Organic practices, Vegan

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Tasting Notes

Luis Cañas Barrel Fermented Blanco is a beautifully balanced, refined white Rioja.  It has toasty aromas with citrus hints which lead into a honeyed roundness of flavours coupled with lemony freshness. It has a beautiful structure and elegance which is achieved by ageing the wine in barrel on its lees for four months. What makes this wine special is the combination of mature vine Viura and Malvasia grapes and the meticulous work in the vineyards and in the winery of this family producer.

Throughout the year the vines are tended and pruned to increase ventilation which promotes healthy grapes. The grapes are hand-picked grapes from 60 year-old low yielding vines and are then taken to the Bodega in small boxes, once there they are hand-selected so that only the best fruit goes into the fermentation process. It spends 17 days fermenting in new French and American barriques, before 4 months ageing on its lees in oak.

Family-run Luis Cañas is one of the top Rioja producers, they are located in one of the best areas in Rioja Alavesa and they take meticulous care of the their vineyards and every stage of the process through to the delicious wine in your bottle. Every year this excellent white Rioja wins awards and sells out!! Luis Cañas also make wonderful red Riojas which you can also find in our Wine Shop.

It is best described as a modern, lightly oaked white Rioja beautifully structured and very long; it is by far the best value, high quality white Rioja we have tasted, and it has been highly rated in Tim Atkin MW 2019 Rioja Report with 91 points:

“Deftly blending Viura from Samaniego and Baños de Ebro with 15% of Malvasia from Leza, this lightly wooded white spends four months on its lees. Fresh, tangy and appealing with pear, quince and citrus fruit.  Drink 2019 – 2022.”  91 Points; Tim Atkin MW; Special Rioja Report 2019

Food match:  A brilliant partner with smoked salmon. It is also excellent with all seafood and shellfish, chicken, pork, vegetarian dishes and mild cheeses.