Honorio Rubio

Rioja (Cardenas)

Lías Finas Garnacha' Viura Clarete 2015

LÌ_as Finas Clarete is a limited run of 1200 bottles, made from 50:50 Viura and Garnacha. As with the LF Viura, the winemaking is simple at first to protect natural acidity. There's a 72 hour cold maceration before a cool fermentation in stainless steel. The wine is then aged with its lees in wood for 16 months in relatively neutral 500 litre French oak barrels.

Onion skin to look at - a vibrant and clear orange ... clarity being essential to the style. The wine is redolent of orange zest, kirsch, dried cherry, white fruits and a medley of nuts. The palate is a majestic, fascinating textural interplay of white and red, of chalk, acidity and phenolics. There is the feeling of onion skins gaining rich roundness and then resolving in a long chalky click.