Graciano is an indigenous variety that is scarcely grown in other areas and its proven ability to complement Tempranillo as it ages has made it a variety for the future for Rioja. It needs soil that is a mix of clay and lime that stays quite cool. It makes wines with high levels of acidity and polyphenols, ideal for ageing, with a very particular aroma, more intense than that of any other Rioja variety. Beronia Graciano 2015 was cold macerated prior to fermentation, whilst alcoholic fermentation took place at 22-24oC to extract as many aromas as possible. The wine was then left in French oak barrels for eight months, followed by at least six months in bottle in the winery before being released.
Beronia Graciano 2015 is a deep picota cherry colour with a purple rim. The wine is complex and intense on the nose, with the most outstanding aromas being white flowers, violets, cherries and hints of spices, accompanied by notes of chocolate and mint. Very fruit forward on the palate, this wine has a distinct cherry flavour. It is fresh and elegant with good acidity and tannins and balanced, well-integrated wood, with the Graciano helping it offer new flavours.
The wine’s structure means it is a perfect partner for oily fish and all kinds of smoked foods, as well as seafood and cheese. It is recommended for drinking from release until 2025.