Rioja seems to come in many guises, from traditional red styles aged in American oak barrels through to the more modern approaches of either French oak or less oak altogether.
The same now applies to many of this famous old region’s white wines as well. The wines of Vina Real, established in the 1920s and owned by the well-known producer CVNE, sit at the more traditional end of the scale and are some of the region’s finest wines.
Vina Real Reserva 2005, Rioja (Majestic £17.49) is classic Rioja Reserva from an outstanding vintage with spices, raspberry fruits and a little vanilla, leading to a rich palate with great length.
Vina Real Barrell Fermented 2011, Rioja
Often overlooked, white Rioja can make a great food partner. This is made from the local Viura grape and fermented in oak, with peach and citrus notes.