Milu La Bicicleta Voladora DOC Rioja
PRODUCER: Ribera del Duero is an area known for big reputations, big wines, and big oak influence… not really our thing. So we were pleased to come across winemaker Germán Blanco, a young winemaker who is championing a fresher style of Tinto del Pais-- the local name for Tempranillo. He calls his project a 'Micro-winery ‘ and it is a true family business, based around the village of La Aguilera in the Burgos province. He works with very old vineyards, many of which are planted at over 900 metres above sea level. German makes his elegant, fruit-forward wines using foot-treading, wild yeast fermentation and minimal handling. All his wines share a delicious rusticity, purity of fruit, and incredible freshness. They have quickly become Indigo classics, and we see this as a project of enormous potential and value.
WINEMAKING: The wines are gently made with minimal intervention in the cellar. Grapes are 100% destalked, macerated for four days, but not crushed before fermentation. This takes place at low temperatures with indigenous yeast, using pied de cuvee yeast starter to get the process going, some gentle pumping over is done during the ferment to aid extraction. Once fermentation is complete wines are aged for 5 - 6 months in concrete tanks and in Flextank eggs of varying sizes where they undergo malolactic fermentation. Wines are not filtered, and are bottled with a small addition of sulphur.
TASTING NOTES: A modern style Rioja, unoaked and aromatic, with fresh red fruit mixed with floral notes. It is fresh and fruity in the mouth with good acidity.