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Ganko 2016

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Ganko 2016


  • Crianza. 16 Months in French oak barrels
  • Bottle size:
  • 75 cl
  • Percentage of Alcohol:
  • 13.5


Enterwine Score 94
Media rating 94

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Produced by the French oenologist Olivier RivièreGanko is an exquisite Spanish red wine crafted following a minimal intervention approach.

A blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mazuelo (a.k.a Carignan) coming from old vines located at an altitude over 570 metres in the town of Cárdenas, belonging to La Rioja Alta.

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.

Additional Information


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!


Ganko 2015:

Enterwine 94. Parker 94.

Ganko 2012:

Parker 94. Peñín 94. Enterwine 94.


Year 2016
Type Red
D.O. Rioja
Bottle size 75 cl
Serving tempurature 16-18ºC
Should this wine be decanted? One hour before serving
Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming? No
Organic No
Is this product free of sulfites? No
Ageing Crianza
Type of ageing Months in French oak barrels
Number of months aged in Barrels 16
Parker Score No
Peñin Score No
Our Score 94
Media rating 94
Other guides No
Name of Award No
Mono-Varietal 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
  1. rioja review by Iain on 1/23/2018

    Olivier Riviere is already a star winemaker with an impressive portfolio. This is sensational.

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