2020 Olivier Riviere Rioja Tinto Rayos Uva

Rioja, Spain

Plump and juicy, it's a fresher style of Rioja here that focuses on fruit instead of oak.



About The Wine

This is the early-drinking rendition of Rioja blend from Bordeaux-born vigneron, Olivier Riviere.

The focal point of this wine is Graciano - with its intensely spicy backbone and fine tannin it sets an exotic backdrop for the rest of the blend.

Tempranillo and Grenache bring the flesh and fruit to the wine, with a flood of red berries and juicy plums. It makes for a great afternoon partner with a tumble in front of a board of hard cheese and cured meats.

Super value here, fun and exciting drinking from Rioja new guard.

About Olivier Riviere

A Bordeaux native, Olivier studied as a viticulturalist in France at Montagne St-Emilion before getting more hands-on experience in organic/biodynamic farming at Domaine Leroy in Vosne-Romanée.

From there, lo-fi winemaking was imparted on him by the great Fred Cossard at St Romaine's Domaine de Chassorney. These two formative experience shaped his approach to wine growing and making deeply. But rather than sticking to his roots in France, it was roots of a different kind (the Spanish kind) that intrigued him the most.

He has since started making some of the sexiest, most energetic expressions of Rioja, all off organic vines. These wines share more DNA with those of the avant-garde of Burgundy or the southern Rhone Valley than most Spanish wine you will drink today. Exciting stuff and absolutely worth the modest prices asked.

Olivier Riviere
Olivier Riviere
Rioja, Spain
Additional Info

From The Importer

As pure and vibrant as Rioja can be.

It is produced from the area of Aldeanuva de Ebro (Rioja Baja). Following fermentation it is aged only in tank and bursts with juicy, bright fruit that has a refreshing crunch. The finish is delicious and vibrant. This is Olivier’s most popular wine and for good reason.

Blend : Graciano, Grenache, Tempranillo
ABV : 14.00%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2026
Bottle Size : 750ml

Olivier Riviere, winemaker
Olivier Riviere, winemaker
Rioja, Spain
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"Fleshy and game meaty, a few dried herbs, ripe strawberry and cherry. A little chew to tannin, a sort of pomegranate bitterness too, chalky feel and nutty flavours, with a dry juniper-laced meaty finish of solid length. If you add a few ice cubes to your glass, you get more deliciousness, some graphite feel to tannin, and a bit of raspberry, and you can add a point (or two) to the score." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)


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