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Bodegas RODA launches its first white wine: RODA I Blanco

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The winery from Barrio de la Estación in Haro launches its first white wine after 35 years of experience in Rioja, a 2019 vintage wine from old Viura vineyards. RODA I Blanco 2019 is made with three of the classic varieties of aged Rioja: mainly Viura and a small proportion of Garnacha Blanca and Malvasía de Rioja.

After 35 years of experience in Rioja knowing and exploring Tempranillo, Bodegas RODA launches its first white wine, under the name RODA I Blanco, from the 2019 vintage. It is a label that emerges after four years of testing and tastings, which have resulted in a wine for cellaring, gastronomic, with good acidity and, above all, very original.

RODA I Blanco 2019 comes from grapes from vines located in the headlands of the old vineyards located in the winery’s surroundings; poor soils where some Viura, Garnacha or Malvasía de Rioja vines were planted, traditional Rioja varieties with which the great white classics of the Denominación de Origen Calificada are made.

The orography of the Haro area is made up of small hillocks of vines cultivated in all winds. The upper parts of the hillsides, heavily eroded by centuries of tillage, are very poor and do not adapt well to the Tempranillo variety. In the past, these hillsides were used to plant white varieties, more vigorous and productive than Tempranillo. They are small areas of several hundred vines, just what occupy the starkest soils.

The soils are formed by alternating sedimentary rocks of sandstone and limestone marl, and the sandstones are often visible in the headlands. These Viuras live directly on the Tertiary soil. Together with them, other varieties were planted, such as Malvasía de Rioja, Garnacha Blanca and some table wine, such as Calagraño and Moscatel, which in this case are discarded.

With a base of Viura and small proportions of Garnacha Blanca and Malvasía de Rioja, the must is macerated in French oak vats and then fermented in the same vat and in bocoyes, also made of French oak. It is in the latter that RODA I White is aged for 18 months, followed by another 18 months in the bottle before being released.

The idea of making a white wine in the style of RODA arose almost a decade ago, and during this time, the technical team has been working on the origin, profile and cellaring vocation of the wine, until the 2019 vintage provided the ideal conditions for making it and launching it on the market. During that year, the vineyard sprouted timidly, due to the winter drought. Fortunately, 2018 had been very rainy and there was moisture in the deep layers. It was a dry year but very kind to the vines, despite the high temperatures at the end of June that were repeated in July as well. But the resilience of the old vines resulted in excellent ripening and a magnificent vintage, with high quality and low production.

In short: a vintage with a result of excellence, perfect to achieve a white wine capable of growing in the bottle and becoming a classic, just as its “brothers” RODA, RODA I and CIRSION, the great reds of Bodegas RODA, already are.