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Olivier Riviere La Bastid Rioja Blanco 2021

Olivier Riviere La Bastid Rioja Blanco 2021

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Tasting Notes

Olivier Riviere's white blend of Viura, Malvasia and Garnacha Blanca. It's fleshy and primary on the nose with pink lady apple, white blossom, underpinned by leesy complexity and a subtle stoniness. Like the nose, the palate is upfront and vibrant, leading into a more savoury, almost saline finish. You're left with a slightly nutty character, coupled with a floral lift. A lovely, fuller style. - Felix G

Olivier Rivière studied enology in Montagne St-Emilion and worked briefly with Elian Da Ros in Côtes-du-Marmandais, then at Domaine Leroy in Vosne-Romanée where his main interest was to learn about their biodynamic methods. He then went on to Domaine de Chassorney in St-Romain to see how beautiful non-interventionist wines are made - he couldn't have chosen a better teacher than Fred Cossard.

His dream was to start his own estate in Fitou which didn't eventuate so in 2004 Olivier took a job with an estate in Rioja Alavesa to convert its vines into biodynamic culture. Following that, Olivier decided to stay in Rioja and began looking for vines tended organically, with the goal to buy grapes and make his own wine. He found a grower in the tiny village of Cárdenas, and bought and vinified his grapes. He was able to rent a 1.20HA plot from another person, and had his first harvest in 2006.

In a very short period of time he has found a path straight into the hearts and minds of wine fanatics in France, Italy, Japan, the USA and of course, back home in Spain where he is starting get serious respect.

His red bottlings are "Rayos Uva" which is bursting, juicy, bright and succulent and aged only in tank; "Ganko", half and half Garnacha and Tempranillo is aged in barrels and represents subtlety, harmony, elegance and stucture; and "Gabacho" that is 50% Tempranillo 50% Graciano which is made and aged only in tank and vat and is a masterstroke; a medley of fruit, terroir and winemaker that is a thrilling ride.

These wines taste far apart from the vast majority of Spanish wine available on the market and a have more in common stylistically with Burgundy and the Rhône Valley and the prices are more than fair for the spectacular quality of these wines. - Importer Note

Product Type Wine White Other Varietals & Blends
Volume 750ml
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Winemaking Practices Minimal Intervention
Vineyard Practices Organic/Biodynamic