£11.35/ 0.75 L btl
Ever since the Viña Real winery started out in 1920, it has represented the elegant character of Rioja Alavesa and rounded and carefully aged wines. A clear example of this style, Viña Real Crianza is a long and fresh gastronomic wine ideal for all occasions.
What does this wine taste like?
Viña Real Crianza is a subtle and spongy wine packed with the pulp of red grapes. A long ageing process brings out aromas of cocoa, tobacco, liquorice and sweet spices. These subtle tertiary notes highlight its wonderful and lively sensations of red fruit and fragrant blue flowers. Delicate tannins, fine acidity, and a seductive volume caress the cheeks while spices like black pepper and nutmeg gain presence with every sip. A long, lingering and elegant finish.
|Garnet / Violet|
|Higly aromatic / Red berries / Ageing notes|
|Rounded / Balanced / Elegant|
Drinking and storing
Best served in a Tempranillo wine glass or, failing that, a Pinot Noir glass as it needs a wide bowl and narrow opening for the wine to express itself without losing its aromatic properties. To enjoy the wine fully, the ideal serving temperature is around 16ºC.
Viña Real Crianza has a good potential for laying down for up to 5 or 6 years.
Works fabulously with game dishes cooked with aromatic herbs and spices and a mild red fruit sauce.
Rice with truffles / Game birds / Peppercorn steak
Ratings and awards
|2016||91 PK||91 PN|
|2012||(90-92) PK||92 PN|
Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker
Deep cherry red with a very fruity nose - blackcurrants predominate but there is a little oak in the background. The first taste sensation is that the wine is very smooth and very fruity. Cherries and blackcurrants are especially strong. There is some sharpness in the background. The fruity flavours linger on the palate.
Excellent rioja for the price
Quite brilliant Rioja for the price. Real depth but smooth and with a delightfully light oaky touch. I have had many of these with food (favourite was with griddled chicken and a Caprese salad) but also works to just sit and sip.
A step up from the CVNE Crianza
A long time drinker of the CVNE Crianza, I think this is worth the small amount extra. Less fruity, but a little drier with more complexity in a more commonly classical Rioja style; and it's at the gently-oaked end of Rioja.
Lovely - a real gem
I loved this wine, so I'm even giving a review for it without being offered a 5 Euro voucher. Buy this, you won't be sorry. My advice - you'll get a lot more from this if you let it breathe for a couple of hours.....
Great price quality Rioja
First time we bought Viña Real, the Crianza 2016 and Reserva 2015. The crianza 2016 is great value for the money and recommendable when you like classical Rioja with modern touch at very good price.
Destemmed grapes undergo an alcoholic fermentation and malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks before ageing for 13-14 months in French and American oak barrels, decanted every 5-6 months to ensure the best possible blend of aromas from ageing and fruit.
|Vinification material||Stainless steel|
|Ageing period||Between 13 and 14 months|
|Type of wood||French and American oak|
The grapes used to create Viña Real Crianza grow in different soil types in a mixture of vineyards, some owned by the winery and some by other Rioja Alavesa producers who have worked with the Laguardia firm for many years.
The Viña Real brand was created in 1960 by Cvne, the founding winery of the group which also includes Viñedos del Contino. Although the first wines to be released onto the market and made with Viña Real grapes (in the Elciego area and close to the old royal road, the Camino Real, hence the name) date back to 1920. Today, looking to over a 100 years of Cvne experience, the new Viña Real winery offers modern-style wines that are well prepared for a...