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A white Rioja with which to benchmark all others. We all know there will be oak, but it’s use here is subtle and oh so clever. All the delicious fruit elements you want from high quality white wine, layered with a creamy, toasty deliciousness rarely found. Outstanding
“A white Rioja with which to benchmark all others. We all know there will be oak, but it's use here is subtle and oh so clever. All the delicious fruit elements you want from high quality white wine, layered with a creamy, toasty deliciousness rarely found. Outstanding”
Tomatoes, aubergines and peppers
Aromatic and Herbal Flavours
MEET THE PRODUCERS
This is the project of the family that was formed when Bryan MacRobert turned up one day in Rioja to join the Canals family. We are thus MACROBERT & CANALS. It may come as a surprise to see the union between an oenologist born in Cape Town and a family whose members come from the most diverse corners of Spain (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Madrid, Tarragona) and have been living in La Rioja for over forty years (where the youngest members are now from).
The initial beginnings of this union started many years ago, even before Bryan took his first steps – letting him explain it in first person:
“My earliest childhood memories are of running barefoot through the vineyards of the farm that my parents own in the Swartland region of South Africa about fifty kilometres north of Cape Town where I was born. It was there that I learned to cultivate the vineyards and make my first wines, while studying Viticulture and Enology at the University of Stellenbosch. After graduating, I spent several years travelling between Spain and South Africa, working in the Priorat and Swartland wine regions, areas of old bush-trained vines and without irrigation. These are fixations that I keep in order to obtain wines of the quality and personality that I dream of.”
Bryan MacRobert is one of a passionate and growing band of Rioja winemakers rallying for a fresher, elegant, authentic style. He’s originally from South Africa, where he was Eben Sadie’s assistant winemaker before making his own wines in the Swartland. Bryan has a cellar in Logroño and looks after small parcels of old vines, often inaccessible to most machinery and ploughed by mule. He eschews American oak, and sometimes eschews oak altogether. His ambition is to shine a light on the single varieties of Rioja and how they behave in different sites, rather than in blends, because he passionately believes the intricate terroir differences inherent to the region are not being celebrated enough.
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