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Ultreia Rapolao 2018

Ultreia Rapolao

2018
The most austere Rapolao
96+
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£52.00

/ 0.75 L btl

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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%
Production1,500 bottles

The wine

Wines made by Raúl Pérez owe absolutely everything to the terroir: to the vineyard, to the land and to tradition. In this case, the vineyard is located in a special site which this great master craftsman from Bierzo shares with a select group of friends, wine-producing vine growers, enthusiastic about the Bierzo and the Mencía grape, just like he is. It means that several wines originate from this same hillside. The one in the Ultreia range comes from a plot which has some of the oldest vines and is perhaps the most austere of the Rapolao wines. It’s a wine that’s intense and profound, with elegant rusticity.

What does this wine taste like?

The Ultreia from the Rapolao site is austere, clean-cut and intricate. It proves juicy on the palate, with a truly wonderful vitality. Redolent with soft red berry fruits, wild herbs and earthy notes.

View
Plum red / Quite opaque
Bouquet
Red berries / Raspberry / Cherries / Violets / Smoky notes / Undergrowth
Mouth
Elegant / Balanced / Mineral / Persistent

Drinking and storing

It can be drunk as soon as released or kept for ten years following its vintage date. Decant it half an hour beforehand and serve in a wide glass.

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

embutidos-y-jamon
Sausages and ham
cocidos-y-potajes
Stews and casseroles
arroces
Rice
carnes-rojas
Red meat

Meet stews / Pork barbecue ribs / Veal stew

Ratings and awards

202196? PK
202096 PK
201997 PK
201896+ PK
201696 PK17 JR
201495+ PK
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinson

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Jancis Robinson

The austere and sleek 2018 Ultreia El Rapolao could be the red equivalent to the white La del Vivo. Vinified with a short maceration, it fermented in chestnut barrel, where the wine's allowed to deliver a veil of flor yeast, and it matured in two used 500-liter barrels and a 225-liter barrique. The plot that produces this Rapolao delivers a more fragile wine. This has 12.6% alcohol and is the longer and more austere of the Rapolao bottlings. It is cleaner and longer, young and juicy. This was the origin of the first Rapolao that they bottled separately in 2011 in the La Vizcaína range. There is magic here. 1,500 bottles produced. It was bottled in October 2019.

— Luis Gutiérrez (30/06/2020)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2018 - 96+ PARKER

Fresh and cool with real life and freshness. Hint of Bairrada. Light and salty.

— Jancis Robinson (05/02/2019)JancisRobinson.com Vintage 2016 - 17 JANCIS ROBINSON

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Winemaking

Ageing period12 months
Barrel ageUsed
Type of woodFrench oak

Vineyards

Vine age70 years
SoilClay
ClimateContinental with Atlantic influence
OrientationWest
Altitude550.00 meters