Ostatu Crianza Rioja Alavesa Vino de Samaniego 2018
Ostatu Crianza is an outstanding value and introduction to the terruño-driven wines of village-designated Rioja Alavesa. All of the grapes for their Crianza come from exceptional, high-altitude, goblet-trained vineyards of organically-farmed tempranillo, garnacha, graciano, and mazuelo grapes coming from their mountain village of Samaniego at 580m. Samaniego is one of the most important villages in Rioja, providing fruit of the highest quality and structure, ideal for producing long-lived red and white wine. Ostatu Crianza is a fruit-driven and lively Crianza with a singular personality derived from the addition of 20-30% carbonic maceration wine in the blend, which is traditional to Rioja Alavesa.
Samaniego is located directly at the convergence of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean climatic influences, which mold the character of the vintages. The combination of the village’s stony clay calcareous soils, limestone soils, and cool climate also lends a certain austerity and structure to Ostatu wines, which differentiates them from the Rioja wines of other subzones to the south. Ostatu is pure Alavesa mountain wine, born of the tension and energy of an extreme climate.
Vintage – In 2018, Rioja Alavesa saw a relatively cool and fresh vintage with many challenges; the result for Ostatu was elegant, expressive Atlantic wines. A cool spring and early summer with abundant rainfall required extensive, vigilant work in the vineyards, highlighting the experience and dedication of the Ostatu team. Late summer turned hot and allowed the grapes to mature quickly. September was cool and clear, with abundant sunshine encouraging phenolic maturity in the final stages of maturation. Grapes were harvested manually on October 12th, 2018.
Vinification – After a manual harvest, some of the grapes undergo a partial carbonic maceration where whole clusters are put into tanks, and fermentation begins intracellularly. The rest are destemmed and undergo fermentation with native yeasts in small stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. The wine is then racked into French oak barrels for 12 months of aging, bottled without stabilization and with minimal filtration.