El Espinal de Exopto Maturana Tinta 2020



This wine is part of a precious collection of single vineyard wines by Bodegas Exopto, small bottlings that honour the work of Miguel Angel Mato, a viticulturist from San Vincente de la Sonsierra, on the slopes of the Sierra Cantabria.

El Espinal is a small vineyard of Maturana Tinta vines, located at 650m above sea level, with the Sierra Cantabria rising up behind to the north, and the vast plains of Rioja laid out below to the south. Harvest is by hand, ageing is for 12 months in used French oak barrels of varying size.

Dark purple in colour with heady aromas of blackberry, blueberry, white pepper, vanilla and liquorice. Mouthfilling black fruit with melting tannins and a fine minerally texture, savoury notes of oak spice, black tea, wood smoke and tar, with tangy black cherry, coffee beans and dark chocolate on the finish. This is iron fist in velvet glove stuff, a wine with the power of a heavyweight boxer and the balance and elegance of a ballerina.

Very limited quantities.

  • Full, minerally, complex
  • 750ml
  • 14.5% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2040
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Producer: Bodegas Exopto

Bodegas Exopto (Exopto from the Latin - to desire) was founded in 2003 by Bordeaux expat Tom Puyaubert, who had originally moved to Spain in his capacity as salesman for famous French cooperage (barrel maker) Saury. In fact Tom continues to work selling oak barrels in parallel with his ambitious project of crafting high-end Rioja. His estate comprises 10 hectares that are subdivided into 15 'micro parcels'. Depending on the plot, the vines (which are usually 'en vaso', or bush-trained) cultivated on the slopes of the Sierra Cantabria at over 500 metres altitude, might be anywhere from 30 to 100 years old.

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