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Guelbenzu winery dates back to the mid nineteenth century and has long been highly regarded for its innovative style. Guelbenzu Azul has concentrated ripe berry fruits on the nose and a rich blackberry and plums palate with toasty oak. Good structure and a long finish.
Established since the mid-nineteenth century, Guelbenzu built a new winery in Vierlas, in 2001. With just 46 hectares of vineyard in the Queiles Valley, their Lombana estate has stony soils with good drainage supporting low yields. The nearby Mount Moncayo and north wind creates perfect growing conditions for grapes – with high temperature differences between day and night, and protection from excessive moisture around the vines.
Guelbenzu left the Navarra appellation to follow their desire to make wines more representative of the unique terroir – as such the wines are labelled ‘Vino de la tierra Ribera del Queiles’. The Ribera del Queiles appellation was created in 2003 at the request of Guelbenzu – and covers an area south of the river Ebro, between Navarra, Rioja and Aragon – in fact just 500m from the border with Navarra. Production is centred around Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Graciano and Merlot – with Garnacha also permitted.
Producer Website: www.guelbenzu.com/en/the-winery
Grape: Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Graciano, Syrah
Region: Ribera del Queiles