Vallemayor Vina Cerradilla
A great and complex wine from Vallemayor’s prize estate of 60 year old vines.
Elaborated in only the best vintages and selected from a very limited harvest, Cerradilla is composed of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Mazuelo grapes with a long ageing of 20 months in new French oak barrels – bought from the famous cooperages of Tonnellerie Radoux and François Frères.
The old vineyard of La Cerradilla is on a south-south-east unirrigated slope of chalky, stony soil.
Vallemayor has been the principal Rioja agency in Morgenrot’s portfolio for decades. They combine modern technology and traditional knowledge for the elaboration of their wines. American and French oak 225 ltr casks for the ageing are replaced when they’re six years old, assuring the best quality for the wines.
Magnums of 2016 are also available.
Highly Recommended 92 Points – Decanter March 2023, ‘Affordable Rioja’
New French oak helps create a very rich bouquet with intense fruity flavours. It is well balanced, velvety with a long aftertaste.
“Fresh and well balanced with a vibrant, dark tannic edge. Generous fruit with a dense but smooth complexity.” Decanter March 2023.
About the Producer
Vallemayor is the result of the dreams and vision of Luis Perez Foncea. He was forced by an illness to retire from working in the long established family vineyards and began selling wines from his home town of Fuenmayor. After many years he was able to realise his dream of building his own winery to develop his passion for the elaboration of wonderful Rioja wines.
The high quality of these wines ensured a commercial success and Luis’ sons took over in 1996, registering the new name Vallemayor for the still family owned business.
Nowadays Luis Carlos and Rafael Perez run the company with the same passion as their father, and still draw on the advice of their mother Fabiola Gonzalez.
The 70ha estate, growing predominantly Tempranillo, is owned by the family and they have direct control over a further 60ha of local growers. The winery, built in 1984, has undergone recent improvements and expansion. A new visitor centre with a beautiful tasting room now welcomes customers and the high quality of the wines is guaranteed by completely new winemaking machinery.