El Coto was founded in 1970 in Rioja Alavesa and has grown from modest beginnings into one of the best known Rioja producers. Today El Coto has over 700 hectares of vineyard in production across the three Rioja DOCa sub-zones of Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental. They also source grapes from all three areas, but mostly from Rioja Alavesa. Head winemaker César Fernandez oversees production, starting with hand picking into 350 kilogram crates to ensure the grapes arrive at the winery in pristine condition. Modern and intelligently designed, the emphasis in the winery is on temperature control and gentle handling of the grapes. The Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc grapes were sourced from the high-altitude vineyards in Rioja Oriental, vineyards are situated over 840 metres above sea level. The Viura grapes were mainly sourced from Rioja Alta, from limestone and clay soils.
Viura dominant with a small percentage of Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc
The grapes were instantly chilled upon arrival at the winery and then pressed using a pneumatic press. The grapes were then fermented at 14-18ºC in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 12-20 days, to preserve aromas and retain freshness. No malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place and the wine was bottled without ageing to maximise freshness and crisp
This wine is pale lemon in colour with aromas of peaches, apples, citrus and tropical fruits. On the palate, it has lively acidity leading to a dry, fruity finish.
A crisp sofa wine whilst watching the telly. Light snacks such as salty crisps, cheese bites, celery sticks or just by itself!