Ottelia Padthaway Graciano 2019

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Graciano traditionally plays second fiddle in Spanish Rioja adding fragrance, acid and spice to the rustic tempranillo and garnacha. This is a delicious introduction to the variety in an easy-drinking bistro red style. It does not want to be taken too seriously and is made with the table in mind, or as a lightly chilled red on a hot night.

There is good colour matched by bright and very pure red cherry and violet fruits which are lifted by touches of spice, tobacco and baked earth. It is a mid-weight and supple red with light tannins and a slight acid bite but also has enough fruit power to match up with pink lamb chops. But if you want to go all out, enjoy it lightly chilled with ham croquettes.

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