Bodegas y Viñedos Ilurce

Rio Madre Graciano

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Denominacion de Origen

D.O.Ca. Rioja

Location

The winery is located in Alfaro, in the heart of Rioja Baja.

Varietal

100% Graciano

Vineyards

Several proprietary vineyards planted in Alfaro, Rioja.

Year(s) Planted

1997

Viticulture

The vines are planted in the espalier trellis system. The vineyards are entirely maintained by hand and are harvested manually.

Soils

Chalky alluvial soils.

Climate

Continental climate. Extreme temperature swings between day and night and limited precipitation.

Winemaking

The grapes are sorted at the winery after the harvest. Temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel by indigenous yeast. The wine is transferred to first through third use barrels for malolactic fermentation.

Aging

4 months in first through third use French oak Bordeaux and Burgundy barrels sur lie with battonage.

Comments

Rio Madre is the result of the efforts of Jorge Ordóñez and Bodegas Ilurce to produce a 100% Graciano wine from D.O.C. Rioja. Mostly known for its role in adding complexity to the wines of Rioja Alta and Alavesa, Graciano is a varietal that thrives in Rioja Baja due to the hotter climate. Graciano is a late ripening variety with a particularly long vegetative cycle, so it cannot ripen fully in Rioja Alta and Alavesa. As a result, although most northern Rioja wineries claim their blends include Graciano from their vineyards, most of them source their Graciano from Rioja Baja. Ordóñez discovered the quality of vineyards and Graciano in Rioja Baja, and partnered with Bodegas Ilurce to produce a 100% Graciano wine, which are very rare.