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Abadia Retuerta

Abadia Retuerta Selección Especial

Tempranillo, Rioja, Ribera, Rueda & Regions, Spain, 2011
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The grapes for the legandary Selección Especial are grown in areas where the soils are clay, gravel and calcareous. The Tempranillo principally comes from the north-facing slopes with a limestone composition, while the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot come from the lower part of the estate where gravel and pebbles are more common ensuring correct ripeness in the fruit is achieved.  The list of awards this wine has won over the years is staggering.

Fruit from each of the ‘cru’ (tiny single plot) vineyards was vinified separately, with frequent gentle pumping over of the must at the beginning of fermentation. The length of maceration, both pre and post fermentation varied according to each variety and the sub-plot in which it was grown. After malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the final blend was aged for 18 months in a mixture of French and American oak.

Very intense dark black cherry colour. Attractive nose, with perfumes of fresh red fruit and hints of eucalyptus well integrated with the oak character, complemented by aromas of roasted coffee and caramel. Soft and appealing initially, it opens up nicely in the mouth revealing the excellent balance between structure, fruit and alcohol. Soft, ripe tannins and good long length.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

30th June, 2011

Jay Miller, 90 points

Aromas of cinnamon, clove, pepper, lavender, and black cherry lead to a racy, smooth-textured, nicely balanced wine... It is very good value.


1st March, 2011

Igor Sotric

Spicy notes of cloves, cinnamon and damson. Balsamic touch followed by red and dark fruit and some ripe cherry. Smooth tannins, delicate finish.

Abadia Retuerta

First planted in 1991, primarily on the northern, stonier and less fertile side of the Duero valley, the vineyards surround the stunning 12th Century Santa María de Retuerta monastery, to the west of the region.  We've been tracking these wines and enjoying their charms since they were first imported to the UK in the late 90s.

The estate covers 700 hectares, of which 204 are planted to vine. 65% of the vineyards are planted with Tempranillo, with 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. The vines are planted along a range of slopes running down to the southern bank of the River Duero from a maximum altitude of 850m. The estate comprises 54 crus that are identified by their soil composition, orientation, grape variety and microclimate. Fruit from each cru is vinified separately, giving winemaker Angél Anocibar a broad range of blending wines from which to sculpt the Abadia Retuerta wines.

Wine features
  • 0.75l volume
  • 13.5% ABV
  • Drink by 2018
  • Cork Closure
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