Produced by the French oenologist Olivier Rivière, Ganko is an exquisite Spanish red wine crafted following a minimal intervention approach.
The vines are 60 to 80 years of age and have very low yields.
Harvested by hand, the grapes were vinified with their stems with periodic pump-overs and punch-downs.
After that, this Crianza red wine was aged for 16 to 18 months in old wooden vats and huge barrels in order not to distort the expression of fruit and terroir with overbearing oaky notes.
The name of this Rioja red wine, incidentally, is the Japanese word for "stubborn". A description that perfectly depicts Mr. Rivière's will to make uncompromisingly terroir-bound wines.
Decant Ganko 2016 1 hour before drinking.
4,000 bottles produced.
The red wine Ganko has a very bright, clean, medium-high cherry-coloured robe with a garnet rim.
This blend of Grenache and Mazuelo from La Rioja is richly layered and very expressive. Blackberries, raspberries and wild strawberries underpinned by enticing aromas of violets and roses, some earthy undertones, balsamic remembrances, and delicate, perfectly integrated wooden suggestions that harmonise the whole.
A fresh, savoury entrance full of subtlety and nuance. This Crianza red wine from Olivier Rivière is both precise and lively, with some exultant notes of red berries, undergrowth, and some evocative mineral notions. Terroir-oriented, with an exceptional acidity, velvety tannins, and a long, balsamic finish.
|Our personal opinion||
Deep, graceful, age-worthy... In other words, Ganko 2016. Chapeau, M. Rivière!
Enterwine 94. Parker 94.
Parker 94. Peñín 94. Enterwine 94.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||16|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Garnacha 80%, Mazuelo 20%|
|Pairings||Cold meats, Cooked foods, Duck, Grilled red meats, Grilled vegitables, Meat and vegitables, Mushrooms, Pasta with red sauce and meat, Rice with meat, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb ribs, Roasted red meats, Roasted turkey, Stews, Vegetables|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Fruity and Fresh, Light, easy to drink|
|Occasion||Appetizer, Barbecue, Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Reunion with colleagues|
Olivier Riviere is already a star winemaker with an impressive portfolio. This is sensational.