Ripa Rosado 2018 Rioja
Made from garnacha with a touch of tempranillo, this gastonomic rose is deeply, profoundly savoury. It has distinct biscuity and leesy flavours that remind us a little of, dare we say it, Selosse Rose, alongside complex, smoky strawberry fruit, dried orange, roasted nuts and an umami, Parmesan-like note on the finish. It is made from one hectare of vines in Rioja Alta, fermented in steel and aged for 18 months in 500 litre casks. It's serious stuff. Don't drink this heavily chilled in your infinity pool; it needs big glasses, proper food and perhaps a bit of time in a decanter to show its full complexity.