Andrew Guard

2015 Rioja Blanco 'Mirando al Sur', Olivier Rivière

2015 Rioja Blanco 'Mirando al Sur' Mirando al Sur is made from Olivier’s oldest vines of Viura located near the village of Labastida in Rioja Alavesa. It is named Miranda al Sur (Looking South) due to the fact that it is aged in used Sherry butts after whole cluster fermentation in oak vats. This is simply an incredible wine - imagine a hypothetical blend of Cotat Monts Damnes and the very best of the Jura. Amazing  

In just 10 years Olivier has established himself as one of Spain's most revered winemakers. His wines have rapidly become amongst Spain's most sought-after, with all of the top restaurants and "in the know" collectors seeking them. Only small quantities are made, and in some instances tiny quantities...

We have had a great response to Olivier Rivière’s small production of Rioja and Arlanza wines since we first introduced them some years ago. I met first Olivier in Deauville, France where he was showing his wines at a wine fair that featured may producers that I was interested in. I had heard great things about his wines and was very keen to work with Spanish wine. Needless to say I wanted the wines to be good but I loved them! I gave him an order on the spot and we haven’t looked back.

It's hard to put you finger on what makes these wines great. All the wines have lovely balance and a purity of fruit that I rarely see. Most of all though they have superfine texture and cashmere-like tannins - they can be full bodied but are very lithe and incredibly drinkable!