Although more famous for red wines, Rioja makes great whites as well. This is a fine example, produced with a blend of Viura, Malvasia and Garnacha Blanca. Viura adds citrus notes, Malvasia a lovely perfume and Garnacha weight and ripeness. The wine has been carefully fermented in French oak, adding more roundness and complexity, yet without over-powering the freshness of this blend. - Andy Howard
About the Wine
Rioja is becoming a key source for interesting whites. The winemaking style here has been undergoing quite a change with a move away from the heavily oaked, weighty and somewhat oily whites of a few years ago, to a much fresher expression with subtle oak use.
Hazaña Blanco is firmly in this latter category. Most white Riojas use a blend of white grapes – Viura, Malvasia and white Grenache are amongst the key varieties. Viura is perhaps the dominant influence here but the key is the combination of different varieties and the subtle use of fermentation in barrel to add extra dimensions of flavour.
Goes well with
Additional smoky notes from fermentation in wood will make this a great match with roast poultry and other lighter meats. Delicious with all sorts of fish ranging from more delicate fish such as sea bass and sole, to meatier fish like monkfish and halibut. Try with well-aged hard cheeses – Cheddar, Comte.