BARON DE CHIREL RESERVA
Barón de Chirel Reserva is a modern classic which showcases the identity, tradition and modernity of Rioja.
The first vintage of Barón de Chirel, in 1986, was a response to the growing interest in fine quality Riojas. Since the outset, Marqués de Riscal has had very close ties with the winemaking methods of Bordeaux. At around that time Marqués de Riscal was working with a consultant named Professor Guy Guimberteau, successor to Émile Peynaud, who in his Bordeaux oenological training also had Francisco Hurtado de Amézaga as a student. Later, in 1997, Paul Pontallier, director general of one of the five Bordeaux premiers crus, Château Margaux, also joined. From this relationship sprang the idea of making an experimental wine which would revive the grandeur of those mythical Médoc Reservas brought right up to date with the technology and resources of the 20th century.
Vines aged between 80 and 110 years’ old were selected, with very low yields and better quality grapes. The wine was only made in the best vintages when the vines express the full character of the terroir; the “New Era of Rioja” had just begun. Pioneer and precursor of what would later be known as “high expression wines”. After the success when it first broke into a market hungry for fine quality wines, an endless procession of wines began to appear in the wake of Barón de Chirel, enjoying great prestige among the most discerning consumers
Marques de riscal 150 AnniversaryKES10,800
Marqués de Riscal 150 Aniversario Gran Reserva is a wine which is only made in excellent vintages, originally created to mark the bodega’s 150th anniversary, as well as the history and winemaking traditions of the Rioja Alavesa.
In order to make the wine the mainly tempranillo grapes are harvested from some of the region’s oldest vineyard plots, with a minimum age of 80 years. These are generally venerable, low yielding vines which produce some of the most concentrated and flavoursome fruit of the harvest.
This wine combines modernity and tradition, offering complexity and freshness, power and flexibility; it is undoubtedly the most genuine expression of the Rioja Alavesa.
The grapes were sourced from top-performing vineyards situated in the Darling, Cape Town and Stellenbosch wine-growing areas. The vines are grown in granite and sandstone soils with good water-holding capacity, resulting in grapes with a higher natural acidity and resulting freshness. Open vineyard canopies bring about greater sunlight penetration of the grape bunches, contributing to a well-balanced acidity, in turn contributing to better tannin structure and fruit expression as well as deeper colour intensity
Colour Bright red.
Bouquet Rounded, svelte red fruit aromas with black cherries, chocolate and a hint spice.
Palate Black Forest Gateau in a glass! Flavours of cocoa and black cherry, with creamy texture and a hint of exotic masala spice and peppercorn. Refreshing and velvety.
The grapes were sourced from top-performing vineyards situated in the Darling and Cape Town districts, both cool climate winegrowing areas with the benefit of slower ripening of the grapes to achieve greater flavour intensity. The vines are grown in granite soils with good water-holding capacity, resulting in grapes with a higher natural acidity, adding to the freshness and longevity of the wine. Open vineyard canopies bring about greater sunlight penetration of the grape bunches, contributing to a well-balanced acidity, in turn contributing to better tannin structure and fruit expression as well as deeper colour intensity.
Colour Garnet red.
Bouquet Attractive aromas of rich cherry and berry fruits with subtle fennel, liquorice and cigar box.
Palate Black cherry and ample hedgerow fruits that vie with tobacco leaf, cigar box and cedar adding a savoury nuance, along with spice highlights. Rich, smooth, supple and elegantly poised.
Baronne is Nederburg’s all-time favourite red blend and also one of South Africa’s most perennially popular and trusted wines.
This smooth-drinking Cabernet Sauvignon-led blend, which includes Shiraz, is the perfect partner to steakhouse fare.
COLOUR Deep ruby.
BOUQUET Alluring aromas of spicy dark blue and black berry fruit.
PALATE Juicy, soft and plush in the mouth with blueberry, cassis, a twist of pepper and cinnamon. Rich and textured.