The Rioja Alavesa “Cifras” Creaciones Exeo is made from 100% Garnacha, the grapes are hand-picked from two vineyards in “El Barranco del Oso” in the hillside of Sierra de Toloño. The wine is fermented in cement tanks and then aged on the lees for 12 months in concrete egg shaped tanks, with a daily batonâge. Their aim is to preserve the purity of the Garnacha grape and its fruit expression, in addition to the minerality that comes from the soils of the hillside of Sierra de Toloño.
Creaciones Exeo is a new wave Rioja producer, stepping away from traditional methods, using neoteric techniques to produce fresher styles of wine with a lesser reliance an oak influence. Located in the area of Labastida, Rioja Alavesa, they work with 6 hectares of the highest altitude vineyards of the area. In the shelter of the Sierra Toloño, the vines benefit from Atlantic influences and the soils here are mainly chalk and limestone. This is a personal project of winemaker Carlos Fernandez’ which he began in 2010. Carlos takes ultimate care in the way he handles every element of the winemaking process. All grapes are carefully selected and hand harvested. The varieties are vinified separately, with little influence of oak to ensure varietal purity. Their Rioja Alavesa ‘Letras Minúsculas’ is a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha. The wine combines maturity and complexity without relying on excessive use of oak or extractions. Beautifully elegant and crushed stone, black and red fruits and firm, muscular palate. Carlos Fernandez’ has been named Grower of the Year by Tim Adkin MW in his 2021 Report Report.