Medievo Tuerco Botas Crianza gets your attention with its appealing aromas of almonds and wild berries with toasty cedary notes. It has a powerful, complex and creamy textured palate with mature, ripe cherry and blackcurrant fruit. It is both savoury and elegant with well integrated tannins and a very long, fresh finish.
One of the few Riojas made totally from the lovely Graciano grape and aged in French oak barrels for 12 months. Graciano is one of the first grapes to flower and is often the last to mature. It is therefore a difficult grape to grow as there is always risk of late frosts.
This vintage is very much back on form after the 2014 more tannic wine; it received very high marks in the Penin Independent Wine Guide in 2017. It has very limited production of 4000 bottles, and it is well priced for such a limited production, delicious wine. Worth a treat! (Retails in a few independent merchants at £16.50).
Established in 2001, Bodegas del Medievo is an exciting, innovative winery in Aldeanueva de Ebro 50km South of Logrono, just in Rioja Baja. They have 200 hectares of vineyards which are situated on the fringes of Mount Yerga, 600 metres above sea level. This altitude provides optimal conditions for the cultivation of healthy grapes which provide great intensity of colour, producing modern, fruity wines that also capture the Rioja finesse.
Joseba and Santiago (viticulturist and winemaker respectively) set up this Bodega to produced high quality wines that offer great value. From their young wines like Almaraz through to this wine, their wines have the hallmark of quality throughout. In choosing this wine’s name, they called it Tuerce Botas which translates as Twisted Boots. They say that this recalls “those people who twist their boots to carve the paths we can all move along.” It has amazing details of boot laces on the cap! together with an interestingly shaped bottle.
Food match: Grilled meats (especially lamb); cheeses and patés.