Gatito Loco Organic Rioja 2020
Another striking label with an exciting Spanish blend from Rioja, again organic. 70% Tempranillo and 30% Garnacha. This is deliberately very different to your traditional Rioja, with an emphasis placed on what the vineyard offers rather than what can be done in the winery with grapes harvested during the night to retain freshness. The wines undergo a cool fermentation for 15 to 20 days followed by another 12 days on skins, for post maceration, all of which is designed to focus on the fruit. Deep, dark maroon in colour. This is full of black fruits and chocolate, while also earthy and warm – one can’t help but imagine walking the hills of Spain with a glass in hand. Notes of roast meats, delicatessen touches, dried herbs with some early complexity emerging. Lot of flavour here, which is exactly what is intended and the wine is unoaked. It will age and drink well over the next five years.