This is Beronia’s freshest, most sophisticated wine so far. A pale rosé that will not go unnoticed – we are particularly proud of the bottle design – and has been fashioned to be the perfect summer drink. This is what the new Alegra de Beronia is all about.
Regardless of whether you are by the sea or up in the mountains, partying, having drinks before dinner or enjoying a barbecue. Or even one of those paellas that are remembered for months, or a more elaborate dish such as ceviche or tuna tartare. Alegra de Beronia is a great match for all of these and many more.
Matías Calleja has sought to create a wine that feels smooth in the mouth so that even as a rosé it can even play the part of a light red wine and, of course, be chilled like a white. It is also easy to drink, making it even more enjoyable. Its two great virtues are versatility and how natural it is to want a second glass.
Good grapes well handled in the winery
Whilst a good winemaker will never reveal all their secrets, Matías Calleja has given a few clues that will help understand what lies behind this wine which, like all wines that come out of the Beronia stable, bears the stamp of great grapes from Rioja Alta.
Two plots of Garnacha and one of Tempranillo were selected for making Alegra. All are very close to the winery, have the clay-chalk mix soil that is typical of this part of the designation of origin and been planted for between 25 and 35 years. What is more, the fact that the vines are on a hillside means they are well ventilated and enjoy good exposure to the sun.
To create the lovely rose quartz colour and retain the aromas of red berries and hints of fresh citrus, the grapes were only very lightly macerated, on their skins and at a low temperature. The must then drained naturally but only the first part was then used – the so-called free-run juice, which is purer and more delicate.
After fermentation the most important part of the production process was the three months the wine spent on its lees in egg-shaped vats. This is what produced the smoothness that is so pleasant in the mouth and makes the wine so well-balanced.
When and how to enjoy Alegra de Beronia
The one final touch we wanted to make was to give the wine a little time to mellow in bottle so that it would be release in the best possible condition for drinking. This involved Alegra de Beronia resting in the winery from January 2019 until the good weather arrived, so that all you need worry about is opening the bottle and enjoying the wine.
One small point: the recommended temperature for serving is between 8 and 10oC, but bearing in mind how quickly wine warms up in summer, it can be served a little cooler or the bottle kept in an ice bucket to keep the woe at the ideal temperature.