Campo Viejo isnt the first Rioja name to be thrown into a discussion circle. The famed CVNE, Marques de Murrieta or La Rioja Alta are the foremost producers. But Campo Viejo Tempranillo blends have had a long history est. 1959, and are much more competitively priced than her rivals. Currently headed by Elena Adell, the winery a single 100% Tempranillo and three Tempranillo blends which incorporate the indigenous varieties Graciano and Mazuelo. Controlled fermentation temperatures and mixed use of oak sees different styled wines being crafted.
The Gran Reserva is a 85/10/5 blend of stainless steel ferment with 20 days on skins. It is aged for 24 months in 80% French oak barrels, the remainder in American. As per law, the wine is aged for a further 36 months in bottle. Dark ruby colour, with a youthful smokey nose of dark plums, blueberries and blackcurrants. Initial dark chocolate but opens up with more tobacco leaf. Smooth silky texture, high acidity, with ripe sleek soft tannin profile. Rich ripe berry flavours with plum skins. A very satisfying long finish. For this price of AUD$18, hard to find any fault. A great introductory aged wine for those seeking newer drinking experiences. Great with lamb curry and roasted pumpkin. Drink now – 2020. 92.