This wine was made using Tempranillo and Graciano grapes
from old vines cultivated in the Finca de Torrea, on the current
site of the cellar facilities of Marqués de Riscal. Finca Torrea is
a modern-style wine, not just because it has a less "classical"
character than the one most associated with our name, but also
because of the image created by the label, which shows plot
maps of the Finca de Torrea plantation, inspired by the design
pattern established by the architect Frank O. Gehry with the
Hotel Marqués de Riscal.
The land has the classic Rioja Alavesa chalky clay soil which has
always produced the best quality throughout history. Harvesting
is performed by hand into crates with a small capacity. Once
they arrive at the winery, the grapes are destemmed before
selection on the sorting table and subsequent light crushing.
The resulting must is then left to ferment in low-capacity, Allieroak
vats at a temperature of no more than 25ºC so as to preserve
the maximum fruity character in the wine. Extraction is achieved
through gentle pumping over and a short period of maceration
with the aim of maintaining the elegance, finesse and freshness
necessary for the mouth feel to be pleasant and persistent.
Once the malolactic fermentation is complete, the wine remains
in French Allier-oak casks for 18 months and after a short time
rounding off in the bottle, the wine is released for sale.
The style is different to that of the wines traditionally produced by
Marqués de Riscal. It has a more modern character, with greater
fruitiness and fewer balsamic nuances, with a shorter period of
cask ageing, using French oak casks, and also shorter bottle
18 months in French-oak