800 bottles made
This is a fantastic expression of old vine Tempranillo which is both powerful and elegant. We found notes of blueberry, thyme, prune, leather, violet and apple with some mild spice. Absolutely delightful.
Grapes hand-harvested from a 100-year (1919) old vineyard of 1 ha located in Elvillar (Rioja Alavesa) at 600 metres altitude with calcareous clay
The fermentation of the hand-picked grapes is carried out in
concrete egg, stainless steel tank, amphora and open barrel using
indigenous yeast. The malolactic fermentation takes place in
concrete egg and French oak barrels of 400 and 500 litre. After
racking the wine remains another 12 months in oak for ageing.
Oxer's own tasting notes:
Forest fruit (wild strawberry, bramble, cherry) together with the well
integrated oak give Artillero its softness. This is balanced by a
pleasantly fresh acidity and grippy but fine-grained tannin structure.
Flavours of black fruit, roasted plum, sweet spices, violets, thyme
and a touch of leather. An intense lively wine.