Vina Santurnia Blanco (750ml)
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Bodegas Ramon de Ayala is the producer of Vina Saturnia, located in the town of Brinas in Rioja Alta. The estate dates back to the 1950’s and has been family operated for five generations.
The winery has 30 hectares of vineyards in Rioja Alta and Alavesa with some vines dating back to 1920s and most of the vineyards being 30 to 40 years old. The autumn and winter experiences cold temperatures with snow and some rain, while the summers are hot and nights cool off which is beneficial for producing quality wines with ripe enough fruit and fresh acidity. The soils are calcareous-clay with gravel. In 1985 the winery was renovated and updated and boasts an impressive underground cellar. They practice organic viticulture and only spray sulfur when needed.
Brilliant straw yellow in the glass. Citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit, as well as peach and kiwi with underlying white flower aromas. The palate is fresh with great balance of acidity, showing good fruit character and pleasing aromatic herbs flavours. A slightly creamy mid palate texture with a crisp finish.
The vineyards are located in Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa with a clayey calcareous and sandy soil. The grapes are hand harvested the first week in October, the clusters are destemmed, macerate for 5 hours are pressed and cold fermented in stainless steel. The wine ages for one month on its fine lees in order to obtain the maximum mannoproteins with frequent battonage. The wine is bottled in January. The blend is 90% Viura, 10% White Garnacha.