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Characteristics of Exopto
Exopto is a red wine from the D.O La Rioja produced by the Exopto winery. This wine is a blend of three different grape varieties: Graciano (60%), Tempranillo (30%), Garnacha (10%).
The different grape varieties used to produce this wine come from different estates: the Graciano grapes grow on the Las Bastillas estate, situate in the Monte Yerga. The vines are old, at around 30 years, and the soils are slightly stony. The Tempranillo grapes grow on the El Portillo estate, situated in Ábalos, where the vines are around 80 years old and grow on clayey and stony soils. The Garnacha grapes that then grown on the San Gines estate, in the town of Labastida, grown on 40 year old vines on chalky clay soils.
The different grape varieties are harvested separately, with the harvest being carried out manually and using small 12kg boxes. This avoids the grapes from being broken, and then prematurely fermenting on route to the winery.
The winemaking process is carried out using native yeasts. The grapes first undergo fermentation for 10 days, during which daily overpumping and plunging take place, in (1500litre) wooden vats, at controlled temperatures between 28º-30º. Maceration then takes place for 20 days, and is then followed by malolactic fermentation in barrels.
Before Exopto is placed onto the market, it is aged for 18 months in (225litre) French oak barrels, the first 6 of which the wine rests on its lees.
La Rioja is one of the most important areas of wine production in the world. It has a long history, and exceptional soils and climates. From the Tempranillo and Grenache varieties they make great red wines that are masterfully aged which demonstrates the experience passed from generation to generation.
The word Exopto comes from Latin and means to desire strongly, to hope with great enthusiasm. It was this strong desire and hope which in 2003 led Tom Puyabert to create the winery Exopto in the municipality of Laguardia. His idea was to elaborate a modern-styled wine â with a higher fruit expression and fruit load, with more colour and a finer and subtler adaptation of oak aromas â using the three main grape varieties of La Rioja: Garnacha, Graciano and Tempranillo. The aim was to achieve a perfect balance between tradition and modernity.