Viña Ardanza Reserva2015
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£27.30/ 0.75 L btl
Viña Ardanza is the Rioja Alta’s most well-known brand, the name which has brought the winery most fame and a wine which has continually evolved over the years without losing its widely-known characteristics. A classic Rioja which is an absolute must for your cellar. This is a wine appreciated by virtually all palates, and the outright winner for great occasions and big celebrations.
What does this wine taste like?
Viña Ardanza is a very fruit-forward, fresh and spicy wine. You’ll enjoy its sweet touches of cherries, wild berries and cinnamon, along with its notes of tobacco leaf and black pepper. On the nose, it’s elegant and intense. On the palate, it’s rounded, elegant and silky, with an aftertaste dominated by fruit liqueur and roasted hints as a result of spending three years ageing in American oak and a lengthy stay in bottle.
|Picota cherry red|
|Cherries / Cassis / Black pepper / Tobacco / Nutmeg / Toffee / Vanilla|
|Fresh on entry / Flavoursome / Elegant tannins / Balanced|
Drinking and storing
Grills / Roasts / Small game / Cured cheeses
Ratings and awards
|2016||94+ PK||95 SK||94 DC|
|2015||94 PK||94 PN||96 SK||90 DC||94 TA|
|2012||94 PK||93 PN||95 SK|
|2010||95 PK||18+ JR||94 PN||96 SK|
|2009||93+ PK||17+ JR||93 PN||96 SK|
|2008||93 PK||17+ JR||94 PN||94 SK|
Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Jancis Robinson
A very delicate, Burgundian Ardanza. I felt some recent vintages had been pumped up with artificial muscle (as many "new wave" Riojas sadly are), but this one is the real thing, with Tempranillo speaking with its natural voice. Aromas and flavours of dry strawberries, cherries in liquor, wild blackberries and undergrowth. The acidity is perfect, given the wine incredible freshness for its age and promising more wonders to come. I hope future vintages keep this style. First class.
La Rioja Alta’s most popular wine - and for good reason
I visited the winery in summer 2018 and tasted the Arana, Ardanza and 904.. All are beautiful. This is the mid priced one but I struggled to tell any difference between this and the 904 - I’m sure a finer palate than mine could pick it up though. It’s a fraction of the price of the 904, but still not cheap. But worth every penny (or cent....). I fear for my purchasing power if this stupid Brexit thing goes ahead (I vote to cancel it as a stupid idea).....
We've enjoyed this very special wine for over 30 years and it still delivers on quality and depth. The 2007 was gorgeous and this year does not disappoint .I'd recommend this wine to anyone who wants a guaranteed slurp for any occasion. We try to keep it for ourselves and offer it only to wine afficionados. The quality fully justifies the price.
This is consistently one of the best Rioja wines on the market for the price. The extended aging of the Viña Ardanza before it’s release provides an exceptional complexity and depth to wine vintage after vintage. Wonderful texture, beautiful oak spiced ripe red fruits, and heady perfumed aromatics. One of my favorites!
Vina Ardanza never fails to satisfy; always good sometimes close to great. The 2008 vintage is typical with a glorious nose and is very smooth in the mouth with a reasonably long finish. If I could only drink one wine for the rest of my life and had to pay for it myself; this would be it!
Harvesting by hand usually begins in the middle of October and the grapes are transferred to the winery while refrigerated, in order to preserve all their aromatic complexity. Once there, the must ferments at a controlled temperature and malolactic fermentation lasts until the end of the year. In March, the best wines are selected to start their barrel ageing: the Tempranillo for 36 months and the Garnacha for 30, both in American oak and in barrels used for 2, 3, 4 or more wines. During that time 5 or 6 rackings will be carried out; among other things, this allows a gradual cleaning of the wines and keeps them aerated for their proper evolution. Once both ageing periods have come to an end, the two wines are blended and proceed to bottling.
|Ageing period||Between 30 and 36 months|
|Type of wood||American oak|
La Cuesta / Montecillo / La Pedriza
The Tempranillo grapes (80%) come from vines aged more than 30 years old, planted in the La Cuesta and Montecillo estates, in Fuenmayor and Cenicero; the Garnacha (20%) comes from La Pedriza in Tudelilla (Rioja Oriental), an estate lying at 550 metres above sea level with the ground covered in pebbles. The poor soils restrict yields, but ensure the fruit is of exceptional quality.
|Vine age||30 years|
La Rioja Alta
La Rioja Alta is one of Rioja's historic wineries, creator of such emblematic brands as Viña Ardanza, Viña Arana, Viña Alberdi, Gran Reserva 890 and Gran Reserva 904. All its wines are excellent and clearly exemplify what it means to be a great classic Rioja today, in the present. Their wines are elegant, complex and sophisticated like those of yesteryear, but with more body, colour and robustness, wines adapted to today's gastronomic demands. In short, a...