SUZZANE expresses perfectly the characteristics that Garnacha offers us in Riojan soils. Moreover does it reflect the respect we have for the old vineyards of the region.
A vineyard of 3ha located in Cárdenas (Rioja Alta) at 580 metres altitude, dating back to 1903. It has an iron-rich clay soil with over 10% of rocks and gives low yields of 2000 kg per hectare. The various parcels this vineyard is comprised of show small differences which add to the complexity of the wine.
Fermentation takes place in 500 litre new and used (50/50) French oak barrels, using indigenous yeasts. During malolactic fermentation bâtonnage is carried once a week during 6 months. The wine is then racked and aged for approximately 12 months in the same 500 litre French oak barrels.
Suzzane is a very elegant wine. The seductive velvet texture is balanced by juicy acidity and softly gripping tannins. Aroma ́s of cherry, berry and kirsch, spicy flavours such as cinnamon, and some leathery notes. All leading to a lingering mineral aftertaste.
What ́s in a name
Suzzane refers to Leonard Cohen ́s song Suzanne and is an ode to women. Elegance is key in this wine.
Residual sugar 1,5 g/l
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