SUZZANE perfectly expresses the characteristics that the Garnacha offers in the lands of Rioja. Furthermore, it reflects the respect we have for the ancient vineyards of the area.
A vineyard located in Cárdenas (Rioja Alta) at an altitude of 580 m, dating from 1903. They are calcareous soils, rich in iron with more than 10% rocks, which produce crops of 2,000 kg per Ha. The vineyard plots have light differences that add complexity to the wine.
Fermentation takes place in 500-liter French oak barrels, some new, others used (50/50), thanks to native yeasts. During malolactic fermentation, the “bâtonnage” is carried out once a week, for a period of 6 months. The wine is then racked and aged for about 12 months in the same French barrels.
Suzzane is a very elegant wine. Its seductive velvety texture is balanced by juicy acidity and soft persistent tannins. It has aromas of cherry, berries and kirsch, spicy flavors such as cinnamon and some notes of leather. All this leads to a persistent mineral aftertaste.
Suzzane 2019: 94 points – Robert Parker
Suzzane 2014: 91 points – Robert Parker 2016
Suzzane 2014: 93 points – Tim Atkin MW Rioja 2017 Special report
Suzzane 2014: 92 points – James Suckling 2016
Suzzane 2013: 95 points. Outstanding – Decanter March 20017 (Best Premium Riojas)
The name and its striking label express Oxer’s admiration for Shakespeare. “Honi soit qui mal y pense” (The dishonor comes to the one who thinks badly). He saw the light in the 2014 vintage, with the idea of uniting a selection of the best grapes from the vineyards of Elvillar (Rioja Alavesa) and Cárdenas (Rioja Alta).
48% Tempranillo, 48% Garnacha, 2% Viura, 2% Garnacha Blanca
1,940 bottles of 0.75 cl.
1ha vineyard planted in 1920 in the town of Elvillar (Rioja Alavesa) at an altitude of 600 meters, on clay-calcareous soil. Old-fashioned mixed plantation of Tempranillo, Viura and Garnacha Blanca, with a yield of 3,000 kg per hectare. On the other hand, a 3ha vineyard planted in 1903 in Cárdenas (Rioja Alta) at an altitude of 580 meters. Clay-ferrous soils with slightly more than 10% stone, giving us low yields, around 2,000 kg per ha.
Spontaneous fermentation with its own yeasts in used 500-litre French oak barrels, in amphoras and in concrete eggs. Malolactic fermentation is carried out in used 500L barrels. Subsequent aging for 12 months in used French oak barrels.
Kalamity shows complexity and variety of aromas. Black and red fruit, floral notes with background violets and lightly sweet spices. A wine of good acidity, mineral and of enormous length and age.
Matalaz was a priest who led a popular revolt of the people against the nobility, in favor of the interests of the peasants, but who failed in his fight against the French army. He was beheaded and his head was hung at the entrance of the city as a lesson to the people.
90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano
3,800 bottles of 0.75 cl.
Old vineyards between 50 and 80 years old in the town of Lapuebla de Labarca (Rioja Alavesa) with pebble soils. Old fashioned mixed planting with very low yields per hectare.
Fermentation with indigenous yeasts in a vat with 20% stem. Malolactic fermentation is carried out in used 500L French oak barrels. Subsequent aging for 8 months in 500L barrels for various uses.
Red fruit with marked floral notes reminiscent of the wines of the year from the towns of Rioja Alavesa. Pleasantly fresh acidity, fine and long on the palate. It came very subtle.
From Basque mythology, Ahari was an elf in the shape of a ram who came out at night to scare people for fun. In this case, Oxer wanted to show the elf a small nod to the painting ‘Guernica’ by Pablo Picasso.
70% Tempranillo and 30% Graciano
5,300 bottles of 0.75 cl.
Very old Tempranillo vineyards, with Graciano from slightly younger plots, on clay-calcareous soils of Rioja Alavesa, with low yields per hectare
Fermentation with indigenous yeasts in foudres and subsequent aging in used 500 and 225 liter French oak barrels, where malolactic fermentation takes place. Subsequent aging of 12 months in the same barrels.
Black and red fruit, floral notes, sweet spices together with well-integrated wood give it complexity, together with a pleasantly fresh acidity and a fine-grained tannin structure. On the palate black fruit, sweet spices, violets and a touch of leather. An intense and lively wine.
Its name comes from Basque mythology, a kind of elf as a scarecrow which was used to scare away evil spirits.
90% Tinta de Toro and 10% Albillo Mayor
900 bottles of 0.75 cl.
Vineyard of 0.9 ha planted in 1920 in the town of Villabuena del Puente on sandy soils with a large amount of quartz, very poor with very low yields per hectare.
Alcoholic fermentation with indigenous yeasts in 1,000L French oak vats and in 500-litre open used French oak barrels. It undergoes malolactic fermentation and subsequent aging for 12 months in 600L multi-use foudres.
Kuusu is an exceptional wine, a fine and elegant wine with those nuances of violets so typical of the area and with perfect tannic fluidity, due to those previously mentioned fine sand and quartz soils. Black fruit, floral, scrubland and mineral background. A fresh wine, with excellent acidity, soft and fluid tannins, with enormous length and aging.
In Basque mythology, Tartalo (with variations such as Torto or Alarabi) represents a gigantic, anthropomorphic cyclops,12 with cannibalistic habits and terrifying behavior. He lived in the mountains, according to some sources on a hill near the Navarrese towns of Zizur Mayor and Astráin, Mount Erreniega (1,057m, better known as Monte del Perdón because of the hermitage on the summit dedicated to the Virgin of Forgiveness). or on Mount Saadar in Cegama (Guipúzcoa), where there is a dolmen called Tartaloetxea (“Tartalo’s house”).
His size is enormous, as is his strength, and his favorite entertainment is throwing stones from one mountain to another and playing soccer. Legend has it that due to this entertainment several existing constructions were created today. Unlike other giant characters, such as the “Jentilak”, Tartalo is perverse, with wild instincts and very aggressive. He feeds on sheep, children and even adults from time to time. Tartalo was the owner of a magic ring that served him to control his prey, since at the cry of Non I do? (“Where are you?”) On Tartalo’s side, the ring responded Hemen nago, hemen nago (“Here I am, here I am”), giving away his prey. There is an old Basque legend that says that he drowned chasing one of his human prey after jumping into a well.
The 0.7 vineyard where the grapes used to make the Tartalo wine are grown was planted in 1920 in the Barranco de San Julián, at an altitude of 600m on very poor calcareous soils in Elvillar (Rioja Alavesa). Yields of less than 3,000 kilos per hectare. Parcel wine from a unique ‘Grand Cru’ that shows the entire landscape that surrounds it.
The production of Tartalo wine begins with alcoholic fermentation with indigenous yeasts in 1,000L French oak vats and in 500-liter open used French oak barrels. Subsequent aging for 12 months in used 600L Austrian barrels (47ml).
Tartalo 2019 is, above all, a unique parcel wine, which shows the entire landscape that surrounds the vineyard but in wine, giving that longevity and that unique tannic fluidity. Red fruit, with marked notes of scrubland, thyme and rosemary with a mineral background. A fresh wine, with excellent acidity, soft and fluid tannins, with enormous length and aging.
48% Tempranillo, 48% Garnacha, 2% Viura, 2% Garnacha Blanca
1,537 bottles of 0.75 cl.