About Bodegas Roda
Roda, based in Rioja, was one of the first producers to spark my interest in Spanish reds particularly with their Tempranillo’s. At the time, back in the early 2000’s, Spanish wine was seeing the same kind of change we’ve seen happen in many old world wine regions. At one end of the spectrum, wines handled in an extremely oxidative manner, stored in oak under the rules for the D.O. for long periods of time, often resulting in oxidised volatile wines. On the other, heavy hand use of oak, clinical, technical wine making that was turning great fruit into boring cumbersome wines.
Roda II, now named simply Roda, and Roda I, were two wines that managed to find the perfect balance between old school and new school, making wines of great balance and personality. Their top wine Cirsion aims to push even further, exploring precision viticulture to ensure only the best plots, with the finest of tannins end up in the bottle.
Although a young winery, celebrating it’s 25th anniversary in 2012, Roda has access to an incredible selection of old vines, yielding exceptional fruit. It shows in their wines.
Engaging aromas. The predominant aromas come from the vineyard: red berry fruit or black fruit but they are always present. Oak, in the background, almost imperceptible. Sweet spices and mineral notes, bringing complexity. Balsamic touches, giving freshness. The palate is where their great class shows through. Full, ample, with definition. Savoury, fresh fruit flavour, long. With sweet, softly integrated tannins.
A sensation of volume and freshness. Wines that incite you to have another sip. Absolute respect for the vintage: down to the last drop of wine in each bottle, the vintage is exactly what is indicated on the label. Roda is committed to offering the best possible wine that the climatic vintage has been capable of creating in our vineyards. The complex system of different vineyard plots enables us to offer excellent wines every time. Wines that give pleasure, wines that transmit sensations.
From Bodegas Roda
All of the wines on offer are dominantly or 100% Tempranillo with a splash of Graciano or Garnacha (Grenache) thrown in here and there.
It tends to offer rich, succulent fruit with soft supple tannins. It a variety where getting élévage right is critical, too little ageing pre-bottling resulting in raw often reduced wines.
No such problem for Roda or Telmo, they’re both well and truly across how to get the most of the variety.
Tempranillo is grown under many names across the globe. By far the greatest plantings are in Spain, with over half a million acres planted to the variety. On of which Tinta Roriz I made Vintage Port with at Yarra Yering. It is typically grown in the Duoro ending up in Port contributing oppulent fruit, balancing the likes of Touriga Naçional and it’s structure.
From the outset, Roda has been dedicated to selecting the best sites and working through disciplined R&D projects to optimise fruit quality. This approach has truly encouraged the personality of the vines to shine!
Roda wines are essentially ‘vinos de viñas viejas’ (old vines wines), from vineyards 2/3 owned, and all entirely managed by Roda. In Roda’s case, old vines are determined as 35 years or more, though most are 50+. The greater depth of roots and the larger volume of soil encompassed by old vines reduces the influence of drought or excess rain, balances yield and stabilises character. Old vines set smaller, more concentrated berries with much lower juice-skin ratios and more faithfully reflect the mineral nuances of soil through mature natural tannins and acid. Of late, Roda have introduced a new wine, ‘Sela’, which is not an old vines release. When the Roda project was set up, extensive vineyard plantings were undertaken. For many years, this material planted by Roda was sold off on the bulk grape market. Nowadays, these 20yo+ plantings, while not old vines, are mature and characterful enough to warrant a release, ‘Sela’.
All wines are from dry grown bush vines with three branches pruned ‘en vaso’. The vase-pruning form ventilates the plant and gives an excellent balance of light and shade for the fruit. Most of Roda’s plantings are Tempranillo, but depending on the year and the wine in question, some blending with Garnacha and or Graciano is undertaken. Mazuelo was used in earlier years.
Roda’s viticulture is organic, with vineyard (design-and management) plus biological controls taking care of pests. Yields average around 30 hl/ha. Each vineyard is handpicked several times over by Roda’s own picking team. To underscore their viticultural commitment, at 550m altitude near Cubillas they maintain the Enit research vineyard of some 582 distinct cultivars of Riojan vines! This vineyard-museum was planted in 2000 after 3 years’ full time work by a team of viticultors identifying all possible distinct cultivars of Riojan wine grapes.
Today we offer three of Roda’s wines across several vintages and in massive volumes up to Imperials of 6 litres.
Roda formerly Roda II, Roda I and Cirsion their top wine. Unfortunately, the Cirsion is only available in 750ml.