Bunches are compact and elongated, with blackish-blue small, spherical grapes with coarse skins. This variety has a good acidity level and the wines made from it do not have a very high alcohol content (which makes them prone to oxidisation). It is normally used to complement other varieties (such as Mazuelo and Tempranillo), by adding freshness to the wine. Single-varietal wines are purplish with a blue edge and their aromas are of red fruit with a touch of bitterness that is softened if they are aged in oak. It is highly appreciated because it increases wines’ longevity. It is known for “gracing” Rioja wines with fresh, fruity aromas and colour.

Interesting Information

Origen: This variety is particularly important in La Rioja (it is usually part of the blends from which this D.O.’s Gran Reserva wines are made), from where it is believed to originate. Of La Rioja’s vineyards, 0.7% grow this highly-prized variety, which adds structure and ageing potential to the finest Rioja wines.

Sinónimos: Monastrell, Moristel, Tintilla de Rota (en Andalucía), Juan .

Resistance to pests and diseases: Fairly resistant to diseases.

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