Bodegas Lanzaga 'LZ' Rioja 2021
Bodegas Lanzaga 'LZ' Rioja is made with Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha grapes from several estate plots (Campoluengo, Las Rozas, Castillejo, El Romeral, Agozaderas and El Plano) around the Lanciego village, in the Rioja Alavesa area. Here, the organic certified bush vines grow at altitudes ranging from 450 to 650 meters above sea level on two main soil types. On the flat sandstone plateaus the vines grow on shallow, low fertility stony, calcareous and silty textured soils which inhibit vigour and concentrate the flavours, adding mineral notes. The soils on the gentle slopes are moderately deep, with less stone, a higher marl content and very fine texture which prologues the ripening and adds freshness to the finished wine. At the winery the three grape varieties were co-fermented with indigenous yeasts in small concrete tanks where they remained for a further 6-7 months. The wine was fined and lightly filtered before bottling. Lanzaga 'LZ' Rioja is medium purple in colour and made in a fresh, fruit-driven style. The lack of time in oak preserves the brightness of fruit, with ripe red cherry, redcurrant and plum and a juicy and fleshy palate nicely defined by well managed tannins. The wine has a medium body, balanced by well-integrated acidity and a fine mineral touch.