The grapes to produce the Rioja Crianza deAlto are transported to the winery and gently de-stemmed with the rollers on the crusher adjusted to give more extraction of the grape skins and seeds without over extraction. Each lot is assessed on its berry sizes and the machinery adjusted to suit. The grapes are then sent to 25 tonne temperature controlled fermentation tanks and the grapes are given a 5 day cold soak which aids colour and fruit extraction prior to alcoholic fermentation. Once fermenting, the wine is pumped over its skins, with each of the fermentations carefully controlled to maximise the extraction of soft tannins as well as enhance the fruit characters of each vineyard. Once alcoholic fermentation is complete, the wines are left to macerate on the skins for up to 5 days to help soften tannins and integrate flavours. The wines are then gently drained and pressed with the press components kept separate by taste, to be blended back later on if desired.
deAlto Rioja y Más pays tribute to all the Spanish world : the food, the people and of course the wine… Master of Wine Giles Cooke, has led the winemaking team to craft a range that illustrates the brilliant potential of Rioja, Navarra and La Mancha as well as the quality of fruit that these regions can deliver when respectful, sustainable techniques are maintained. Drawing on the revered, in-depth knowledge of Paul Shinnie and the technical skills of Marta Juega Rivera, these wines offer a tantalising taste of contemporary Spain. Over a decade’s worth of dedication, travel and experimentation have culminated in the creation of deAlto Rioja y Más. Responding to the need for a more sustainable future, the wineries harness the best vineyards to produce wines that are connected by a similar spirit of adventure, experimentation, creativity and commitment to sustainable wine production. The deAlto Rioja y Más portfolio is an incredible patchwork of vineyards, villages and micro-climates from around Spain.
deAlto, DOCa Rioja: Established in the Rioja Oriental sub-zone of Rioja, deAlto is an unconventional producer of brilliant wines including deAlto Tradicional, El Primero & La Planta Magica.
Aurkitu, DO Navarra: Aurkitu means to “discover” in Basque, and when they came upon these beautiful vineyards of the Baja Montaña in Navarra, they had stumbled upon one of the great treasures of Spain.
Campo Flores, La Mancha: Campo Flores celebrates not only the rich cultural tapestry of Southern Spain but also its ability to grow affordable fruit that is both delicious and organic.