Luberri Orlegi is the reference point for traditional, lighter-bodied, fruit-forward wines of Rioja Alavesa. Orlegi is produced from two estate vineyards: tempranillo from El Cuento at 415m and viura from Cuatroencias at 500m. Orlegi combines whole-cluster fermentation and standard fermentation with native yeasts in stainless steel to emphasize the fruit. The resulting wine is classic, fresh, and food-friendly. A delicious tempranillo from Rioja for everyday drinking!
Vintage – The 2020 vintage in Rioja presented a mixed bag of diverse, highly localized weather that was good for some vineyards and bad for others. It was a vintage where vineyard selection was paramount, and being an experienced cosechero (farmer) such as Florentino Monje from Luberri was essential. Rainfall and early budding resulted in a relatively early but somewhat uneven harvest, depending on the areas. This vintage is comparable to the 2016 vintage, with highly reduced yields and above-average quality of balanced wines with moderate alcohol, good acidity, and fresh fruit.
Vinification – Grape clusters are put into stainless steel tanks whole, without destemming or crushing. It undergoes a partial carbonic maceration; the beginning of fermentation is intracellular, temperature-controlled at 24°C. This is followed by maceration on the skins for eight to ten days while native yeasts present on the grapes complete alcoholic fermentation. Orlegi rests in tank until bottling in January.