Oxer Wines

Suzzane Rioja 2018

DOCa Rioja, Rioja, Spain

100% Garnacha | 14.5% ABV


Discover the generous Suzzane 2018 made from 100% Garnacha grapes in the Rioja region of Spain. The name refers to Leonard Cohen´s song Suzanne and is an ode to women, as elegance is key in this offering from Oxer Wines. Its velvety texture is balanced by juicy acidity and softly gripping tannins. It harnesses all the spicy expressiveness of the grape whilst maintaining a balanced elegance.

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Aromas of blackberry, damson plums and black cherry fill the nose whilst sweet spices such as cinnamon and star anise and tobacco fill the palate. A true seductress!

Service: Serve chilled at 12-15°C.

Food Pairing: Excellent with beef, lamb, game, pork, pasta in tomato sauce and vegetarian dishes.

The winemaker, Oxer Bastegieta always wanted to make wines in the Rio de Janeiro of Álava, and in 2005 he went to Guardia, charmed by the peculiarities of the area. He made his first wine in 2009, buying grapes from local growers (from old vineyards). It was a successful experiment. Falling in love with the area and its wonderful vineyards, Oxer made a decision: to take root there and develop the art of viticulture and winemaking there. Despite being relatively new in the region, it had already begun to gain local and international recognition.

“As a natural assistant I believe in expressing the landscape through my wines. I use organic and biodynamic methods, because I think it is the only way to show the character and landscape. The winemaking is all with my hands and using pure materials (concrete vats, foudres, amphoras), indigenous yeast and calm fermentations. Infusing the wines rather than extracting. I just go with the wine. It’s about connection, knowledge, the vines and the winemaker.” says Oxer

A vineyard of 3ha located in Cárdenas (Rioja Alta) at 580 metres altitude, dating back to 1903. It has an iron-rich clay soil with over 10% of rocks and gives low yields of 2000 kg per hectare. The various parcels this vineyard is comprised of show small differences which add to the complexity of the wine.

Red | Still | 75cl | 14.5% ABV

Annual Production: 4600 bottles

Recognition: Suzzane 2018: 94 points - Robert Parker 2020 Suzzane 2017: 95 points - Tim Atkin MW Rioja 2020 Special Report Suzzane 2016: 92 points - Robert Parker 2018 Suzzane 2016: 94 points - Tim Atkin MW Rioja 2019 Special Report Suzzane 2015: 93 points - Guía Peñin 2019 Suzzane 2015: 93 points - Robert Parker 2018

Vinification: Fermentation takes place in 500-litre used French oak barrels and concrete eggs, using indigenous yeasts. The wine ages for approximately 12 months in 500 litre French oak barrels and concrete egg, and is then bottled unfiltered.

  • Organic - Self-certified

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