Thursday, February 23, 2017

Acontia. A tasting with Maite Geijo

The brand Acontia belongs to Liba and Deleite, a family winery from Tudela del Duero (Valladolid, Spain), which after years dedicated to the elaboration of wines made for export, they have been proposed to redefine its market strategy. To come up whith this propose, they bet for wines of short production but excellent quality. Through the excellent explanations of Maite Geijo, winemaker and project manager with her husband Roberto Martin, we discover the secrets and details that keep their wines.

The winery Liba and Deleite  elaborates in Ribera del Duero, and in Toro. There is a before and an after in this change of trend, and this has much to do with the elaboration of wines in barrels of Navarrese oak. Two barrels to test such a noble tree were to blame. An entire experience that as we could hear, and experience, it gave the wine qualities that until then neither the French oak nor the American could contribute. The Navarra oak offers different characteristics for its toasted aromas, and its subtle coffee notes. Very different from the vanilla or coconut of their American and French relatives. This short experimental production, opened new horizons to the winery, to produce very personal wines with a lot of character, as we could see the diners gathered at the restaurant Norai Huelva, thanks once again to the commercial and informational work of The distributor Tierra Nuestra.


White wine fermented in lees in Spanish oak barrels for 6-7 months. Coming from vineyards of the D.O. Toro, in Zamora. The result is an atypical verdejo grape wine, which is not greasy and easy to the palate. It is a verdejo that on the contrary excels the green fruit, and surprises for its high acidity, which makes it a fresh wine, and very persistent in the mouth. Nose very fruity, with aromas that do not lead directly to latitudes more typical of Atlantic white wines. (6-9 €).


A plurivarietal based on Tinta de Toro, Grenache and Vedejo, (75% Tinta de Toro, 15% Grenache, 10% Verdejo) results in a rose wine with certain tones shades. In nose expresses red fruit, next to balsamic notes, not very intense, but clean. In the mouth it is an unctuous wine, with flavors reminiscent of red fruits, sweet, laurel. The acidity remains very present, integrated with the fruit and the balsamic touch. The result is a fresh and powerful rosé wine at the same time. (€ 7).


Red wine made from 85% Grape Tinta de Toro and 15% Grape Garnacha. With a breeding of six months in Navarran oak, it gives the wine a perfect balance between wood or fruit. Aroma of cherry and black fruit of the forest that are balanced with the roasted and sweet touches that brings the wood of Hispanic origin. The result is a fresh, aromatic wine with a good balance between fruit, roasted and acidity, silky and structured in the mouth, with an end that lasts.
(€ 7 - € 9)


A red of the Ribera del Duero 100% Tempranillo, of a nice and clean color pillory. In the nose it is fruity, emphasizing red fruits like the redcurrant, peeping fine toasted and balsamic notes. The palate is elegant, fresh, with soft spices, roasted and mocha, along with a balanced acidity. An easy to drink wine that stands out for its softness with a good retronasal. (€ 7-8).


A short production of only 2,000 bottles of this 100% Tempranillo wine from the Ribera del Duero. Aged in Spanish oak for 14 months, it is a complex and structured wine. Very cherry-covered cherry color. On the nose are the aromas of ripe fruit, red fruits, spices such as black pepper or pastry notes. In the mouth is silky, sweet, with those subtle notes of coffee and cocoa, along with red fruit and a balsamic retronasal. It is a wine with body, with tannins present but very tamed, persistent, elegant, and deep.

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