Nivarius Tempranillo Blanco
Tempranillo Blanco is a genetic mutation of a single red vine discovered in 1988. This rare 100% expression of the grape is fermented in 3500 ltr French oak vats and aged on the lees for 7 months.
Bodegas Nivarius is the only winery in La Rioja to produce solely white wines. Its 11ha of vineyards dedicated to Tempranillo Blanco is the largest planting of this varietal in the world.
Its medium intense nose is marked by flowers, white fruit and fennel; the complex palate has a very rounded feel with a final crispness that lengthens the palate to a long spicy aftertaste.
About the Producer
Nivarius translates as ‘ice house’ or ‘snow-drift’ and references the common sight in the vineyards in winter. The name Nivei means ‘snow’. Bodegas Nivarius is the only winery in La Rioja to produce solely white wines. Its 11ha of vineyards dedicated to Tempranillo Blanco – a genetic mutation of a single red vine discovered in 1988 – is the largest planting in the world.
Based in Nalda, 17km from Logroño, the La Nevera and Valdecabos vineyards are north facing and 800m above sea level. This aspect and height gives cooler than average temperatures and helps produce highly aromatic, fresh and fruity grapes.
Navarius is dedicated to showcasing and restablishings Riojas more unusual grapes. Winemaking is dedicated to preserving the characteristics of the different varietals. To prevent oxidation during pressing, a membrane is used to cover the grapes throughout. Each block is vinified separately, with maceration times and fermentation temperature adjusted to squeeze the most varietal expression from the grapes.