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Characteristics of Horizonte de Exopto Blanco
Horizonte de Exopto is a white wine from the D.O. La Rioja produced by the Exopto winery. This wine is a blend of three different grape varieties: Viura (85%), Garnacha Blanca (10%) and Malvasía (5%).
When we think of the D.O. La Rioja, we tend to think of their reds, which are have found international fame and are characterised by their long barrel ageing. However it seems that the white wines produced in the region are slowly catching up, usually produced with the Viura variety, which seem to surprise and delight those who try it. The region is located between the Atlantic and Mediterranean seas, home to an important mountainous terrain, with a transition climate.
The grapes used for this wine come from vineyards that a between 50 and 80 years old, which grow on calcareous clay soils. After the best grapes have been selected, they are manually harvest using 12kg at largest capacity boxes.
Once at the winery, the grapes pass through a stage of maceration which lasts for six days. Horizonte de Exopto then ferments on its lees in 225 litre French oak barrels. The wine is then bottled without being aged. The Horizonte de Exopto is also produced in limited production, at only 2,500 bottles per vintage.
Exopto is a word that derives from latin, meaning “to desire with strength”. Exopto is a word that comes from Latin and means "to desire strongly." Well you can use this latinismo to describe the feeling you feel to taste wines from the cellar for the first time. This is a wine that deviates from the norm for Rioja wines and shows a strong personality.
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.
Bodegas Exopto is the project of a Frenchman from Bordeaux, Tom Puyaubert, a barrel seller passionate of La Rioja, its vineyards and its culture. The main idea of his project is based on making different wines within the historic context of Rioja: wines with more colour and freshness, with better expression of the fruit, and with a finer adaptation of the oak. It is the perfect evidence of a complex balance between modernity and tradition, where the balanced assemblages of the traditional red varieties of Rioja, Tempranillo, Graciano and Grenache, comprise the expression of his wines.