It's no surprise that this wine is produced in limited quantities, given that a team of pickers specially trained to detect these grapes, find them in about one vine per one thousand. This selection of grapes, literally on a bunch by bunch basis, is a level of fastidiousness rarely seen and just blows my mind. It also makes you realise how much more than the sell price, this wine must actually cost to make.
The wine is 100% Tempranillo, sees 100% new oak, which is unusual for Rioja, and is only made in suitable years. 2009 was a cracking vintage and one Roda is very proud of, claiming it as one of the best they've produced.
This is an amazing wine. Straight away you notice the dense, dark colour in the glass and wow – what a mouthful. Plump and inky, it immediately hits you with sweet, smoky oak and deep, delicious flavours of plum, dark chocolate and spice, all balanced beautifully with smooth, firm tannins. It's a contradiction - a big, yet elegant wine - the result of being so well balanced. The tannins are perfectly matched with the power and depth of the fruit. It differs from the other wines with its sheer level of concentration and complexity. There's also much more earthiness and savoury elements than the previous wines, but always that overriding long, long, long and silky, smooth finish. You can get lost in a wine like this. I could go on… but I won’t.
It's only recently released, however it's already been given 95-98 points from the ever influential Robert Parker's Wine Advocate and 93 points from Wine Spectator.
Shipping and Returns
Freight for metro Sydney is $10 flat rate.
Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Southern Highlands, Newcastle and Central Coast – $12 per case.
Melbourne – $12 per case.
Canberra – $12 per case.
Brisbane and Gold Coast – $12 per case.
Other delivery areas we need to speak/email to confirm a price.
Orders are shipped as soon as possible, however in hot weather delivery may be delayed to avoid heat damage to the wine. You will be advised if this is the case. Similarly, we avoid despatching orders on a Friday, to avoid wine spending unnecessary time in a warm courier warehouse.
Please ensure that you provide a delivery address which is suitable for delivery via courier during business hours and that your wine may be left in a secure place out of the sun.
It’s easy to order online or just email David at: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: (02) 9371 2904.
We want our customers to be happy. If for any reason you're not happy with your wine, please contact David as soon as possible to arrange a refund and collection.