Ex-Wine Cellar Young Gun, Bryan MacRobert, cut his teeth at The Sadie Family Wines and Terroir al Límit in Priorat in the late 2000s. Through his travels, Bryan met a ‘Riojan’…

Ex-Wine Cellar Young Gun, Bryan MacRobert, cut his teeth at The Sadie Family Wines and Terroir al Límit in Priorat in the late 2000s. Through his travels, Bryan met a ‘Riojan’ winemaker, fell in love and moved to Rioja in 2013. He started Laventura – ‘The Adventure’ – and has been shaking up the heavily traditional wine region ever since.

We are delighted to offer his latest vintages which focus on single varieties and new-wave winemaking. Farming old vines back to life with an organic approach, his wines offer more fruit purity than classic Rioja with less oak influence.

The style is clean and fresh, produced with less extraction and contact with air, and they are using larger barrels to have less impact on the wines.’ – Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate

The 2018 Viura is limey and elegant while the 2018 Malvasia is more textured and rich. The 2018 La Nave, the only blend, is a lively, fruit-forward, unoaked and delicious style. His crunchy 2018 Garnacha reminds one of a Swartland wine while the 2017 Tempranillo is pure and crystalline with typical aromatics. Finally, his single-vineyard 2015 Barranco del San Ginés, which is sourced from an 80-year-old vineyard, is profound and fine with scores up to 95/100 from the major critics.

Order our Laventura Mixed 5-Pack and taste these wines with Bryan MacRobert live on Zoom on Wednesday, 1 July! We are also very excited to be hosting Michel Chapoutier next week Wednesday, 17 June followed by Alex Hurley discussing new-wave Californian wines on Wednesday, 15 July. See more information below and register to join.

ZOOM SESSION 1: Live with Michel Chapoutier

Date & time: Wednesday, 17 June at 6:30 pm (SAST)
Zoom details: Click to register »

Michel Chapoutier’s landholding, track record and incredible consistency across entry-level wines through to single-vineyard cuvées are unparalleled in the world of wine. Having imported Chapoutier wines for the past 20 years, we are thrilled to invite you to a Zoom tasting with the Rhône’s dynamic master, Michel Chapoutier. Roland and Michel will discuss the brand’s history, the famous Hermitage hill and delve into the Sélections Parcellaires, which are some of the most celebrated and rare Rhône wines. Finally, they will discuss the philosophy and future of his hugely successful Roussillon property, Bila-Haut. Browse the Chapoutier wines online.

ZOOM SESSION 2: Live with Bryan MacRobert of Laventura

Date & time: Wednesday, 1 July at 6:30 pm (SAST)
Zoom details: Click to register »

It’s time to take Rioja far more seriously,’ wrote Tim Atkin MW recently, as the Rioja landscape is changing dramatically. Thanks to, most notably, our ex-Young Gun Bryan MacRobert who moved to Rioja 7 years ago to start Laventura. Today, his new terroir-driven wines are causing a fuss! ‘I want to make Rioja as it once was. I’m trying to make honest wines,’ says Bryan who will be presenting his refreshing, innovative and true-to-terroir style of Rioja live over Zoom. Order the pack below (free delivery) before the end of the week to taste along!

ZOOM SESSION 3: Californian wines live with Roberson Wine

Date & time: Wednesday, 15 July at 6:30 pm (SAST)
Zoom details: Click to register »

Californian wines have undergone a rapid transformation over the past decade. The ‘new wave’ revolution has highlighted producers’ emphasis on making elegant, nuanced wines with a definite sense of place. Purchase the introductory pack by the 26th of June and join Wine Cellar along with UK fine wine merchant, Roberson Wine, as we taste through new arrivals from the Southern and Central Coast of California. Order the pack online. There will be an offer to follow soon on more Californian wines.

Tasting notes:

Laventura, Viura 2018
This wine has a lemon colour with primary fruit aromas such as apple, pear, lemon, lime, peach and apricot. Secondary aromas of brioche and nuts are present due to the lees contact and barrel ageing for one year. The palate is textured and layered. Good acidity, body and length. – Bryan MacRobert, Winemaker

Laventura, Malvasia 2018
This wine has a golden colour with primary floral aromas of honeysuckle and fruit aromas of gooseberry, lemon rind, peach, apricot and quince. Secondary aromas such as butter, nuts, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg are present due to the lees contact and oxidative ageing for one year. Slight presence of tertiary aromas such as honey and hay. The palate is textured and layered with a slight waxiness. The tannin is exclusively from the grapes. Good acidity, body and palate length. – Bryan MacRobert, Winemaker

Laventura, La Nave 2018
This wine has a medium ruby colour dominated by primary fruit aromas of strawberry, cherries and black berries. The palate is light and textured with a soft and balanced tannin. Good acidity, body and length. – Bryan MacRobert, Winemaker

Laventura, Garnacha 2018
This wine has a pale ruby colour with primary fruit aromas of red fruit such as cranberry, raspberry, strawberry and red cherry. Secondary aromas such as brioche, vanilla and cinnamon due to the lees contact and ageing for one year in barrel. The palate is light and textured with a soft tannin. Good acidity, body and length. – Bryan MacRobert, Winemaker

Laventura, Tempranillo 2017
The red 2017 Laventura Tempranillo was produced with grapes from two vineyards, one in Labastida and the other one in Laguardia. This is the one red I tasted that seemed to take the 2017 heat better, and the wine is not far from the 2016. Yes, it’s a little riper, and the fruit is a tad darker, but the wine keeps its poise and composition. It has balance and harmony, and there is only a touch of riper fruit on the finish. It finishes dry. 3,300 bottles were filled after 12 months in 500-liter oak barrels. – Luis Gutiérrez, Wine advocate, 92/100

Laventura, Barranco del San Ginés 2015
The 2015 Barranco del San Ginés is a new single-vineyard, top-of-the-range red from an east-facing plot of 1.18 hectares of head-pruned Tempranillo vines planted in Laguardia in 1935 at 570 meters altitude. It is registered as “viñedo singular,” the new official category for single-vineyard wines. There is no room to get any machines into the vineyard, which has to be worked 100% by hand and follows organic principles but without certification. They were able to purchase this terraced vineyard in 2015. It fermented in concrete vats with wild yeasts and matured in oak foudres for 24 months. It’s a little darker and riper with the concentration of the old vines, but it’s produced more or less the same as the rest of the wines, so the difference is provided by the vineyard. It has forest aromas and flavors, not that common in Rioja wines, mixing Mediterranean with cooler Atlantic characteristics. The palate has abundant, fine-grained but firm tannins and is nicely balanced. It’s a powerful yet elegant Rioja Alavesa, with the character of the soils. 1,500 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2017. From 2017 onward, they will be able to put Viñedo Singular and the name of the village, Laguardia, on the label. – Luis Gutiérrez, Wine advocate, 93/100


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