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Momo Vendimia Seleccionada, Ribera del Duero 2017

Red Wine from Spain - Ribera del Duero
Ribera del Duero is rightly renowned as one of Spain's best areas for reds, and this intense, plump smoky and well-balanced wine offers a fine example at a very good price for its quality.
Price: £13.50 Bottle
Price: £81.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: SP16651

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Tempranillo
  • 14% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Now to 2024
  • 75cl
  • Cork, natural

Ribera del Duero

This relatively young Denominación de Origen, established only in 1982, lies within the Castilla y Léon region of north-west Spain and has fast become one of the superstars among that nation’s increasingly stellar array of wine producing areas. Long in the shadow of the more famous Rioja region to the north-east, Ribera now makes some of Spain’s most iconic, and fine, wines.

The Duero river modifies the extremes of the climate in this high (between 750 and 900 metres above sea level), continental region which is prone to dramatic hailstorms, frosts and heat. Its success is due to the quality of the tinto del pais grape, a local clone of the tempranillo variety, which produces dark, fresh, elegant, intense wines of good structure. The swing between hot daytime temperatures and cooler nights help maintain the wonderful balance and natural freshness.

There are increased plantings of Bordeaux varieties alongside it, though cabernet sauvignon, merlot and malbec have been present in the...
This relatively young Denominación de Origen, established only in 1982, lies within the Castilla y Léon region of north-west Spain and has fast become one of the superstars among that nation’s increasingly stellar array of wine producing areas. Long in the shadow of the more famous Rioja region to the north-east, Ribera now makes some of Spain’s most iconic, and fine, wines.

The Duero river modifies the extremes of the climate in this high (between 750 and 900 metres above sea level), continental region which is prone to dramatic hailstorms, frosts and heat. Its success is due to the quality of the tinto del pais grape, a local clone of the tempranillo variety, which produces dark, fresh, elegant, intense wines of good structure. The swing between hot daytime temperatures and cooler nights help maintain the wonderful balance and natural freshness.

There are increased plantings of Bordeaux varieties alongside it, though cabernet sauvignon, merlot and malbec have been present in the blends of the renowned wines of the Vega Sicilia estate for more than 130 years. The geography of the valley is fairly flat and rocky, with alluvial sandy soils interspersed with limestone, chalk and clay/marl.
The success of Vega Sicilia and the wines of Alejandro Fernández in the 1980s led to an explosion of estate bottled wines where previously most growers had sent their grapes to the local cooperatives. The quality of the wines from these estates earned great acclaim in Spain and latterly around the world, and Ribera has earned itself a place at the top table of Spanish wine regions.
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Bohórquez

Although a relatively young outfit, Bohórquez is part-owned by top-quality sherry producer Sánchez-Romate and has benefited greatly from their influence and knowledge.

They are based in the Ribera del Duero, itself a relatively young region. Although it is the second most famous area for fine Spanish red wine production next to Rioja, it can’t boast the latter’s rich history: it rose rapidly to fame when the Spaniards themselves became enamoured with the wines and news spread quickly to other countries.

Bohórquez has a remarkably tiny production – they don’t even have a cellar door for people to visit and purchase their wines on site – but their proximity to the prestigious Pesquera winery mean they can take advantage of some of the region’s finest vineyard sites. Despite their impressive neighbours, there doesn’t seem to be much ‘keeping up with the Joneses’: almost all of the money they make goes on improving the vineyards and winery, rather than improving the appearance of their premises.

A key vineyard technique is to encourage natural competition: vines are planted in the poorest soil at double the density of many other vineyards in order to naturally reduce production. This gives the wines a brilliant concentration and encourages them to transmit more of the essence of the soil, but crucially it also guarantees a solid, firm skin – something Bohórquez claims is the secret to their wine.

Painstaking labour in the vineyard – such as thorough pruning and cluster extraction – ...
Although a relatively young outfit, Bohórquez is part-owned by top-quality sherry producer Sánchez-Romate and has benefited greatly from their influence and knowledge.

They are based in the Ribera del Duero, itself a relatively young region. Although it is the second most famous area for fine Spanish red wine production next to Rioja, it can’t boast the latter’s rich history: it rose rapidly to fame when the Spaniards themselves became enamoured with the wines and news spread quickly to other countries.

Bohórquez has a remarkably tiny production – they don’t even have a cellar door for people to visit and purchase their wines on site – but their proximity to the prestigious Pesquera winery mean they can take advantage of some of the region’s finest vineyard sites. Despite their impressive neighbours, there doesn’t seem to be much ‘keeping up with the Joneses’: almost all of the money they make goes on improving the vineyards and winery, rather than improving the appearance of their premises.

A key vineyard technique is to encourage natural competition: vines are planted in the poorest soil at double the density of many other vineyards in order to naturally reduce production. This gives the wines a brilliant concentration and encourages them to transmit more of the essence of the soil, but crucially it also guarantees a solid, firm skin – something Bohórquez claims is the secret to their wine.

Painstaking labour in the vineyard – such as thorough pruning and cluster extraction – ensures a slow, balanced maturation to preserve the grapes’ best characteristics, but it isn’t easy: extreme differences in temperature between the fiercely hot summers and cold winters cause a lot of vintage variation, so planning when to harvest can be quite a logistical challenge.

Likewise when it comes to vinification, every detail is considered: grapes are transported to the winery in very small crates to prevent aromas being lost through the grapes pressing down on each other, and they use smaller stainless steel tanks than normal when fermenting the wine to keep the temperatures regulated. While the wine ages for over a year in barrels, they are even careful not to stack them too high, also to prevent temperature variation.

Unlike many of their neighbours who try to emulate the new world’s high-alcohol, ‘fruit bomb’ style of wine, Bohórquez wines are almost claret-like in style (although made with tempranillo).

Their passionate attention to detail twinned with the difficult growing conditions means that some years they don’t make their signature wine if they don’t feel it will meet their exacting standards: in these years, they make their second wine – Momo – which offers incredible value for money.
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Spain vintage 2017

2017 was a difficult year for much of Rioja, with spring frosts affecting most of the region and some producers losing upwards of 50% of their crop. The spring frosts were followed by a long drought meaning that 2017 was the earliest harvest in Rioja's history. The vintage looked in trouble before rain finally came in August to help maintain the ripening balance and boost the crop.

Surprisingly, despite what was described as some of the trickiest growing conditions in recent memory, the 2017s are being reported as 'very good' to 'excellent' from the Rioja DOCa.

In Ribera del Duero conditions were similar and resulted in wines of richness but also higher alcohol which made finding poisea tricky thing.

In Catalonia frosts were followed by drought through the growing season, concentrating the grapes flavours.
2017 vintage reviews
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