deAlto Amo, El Primero, Rioja 2021


An amazing Rioja that is vivacious, vital and very tasty!

Flavours of plum and strawberry are enhanced with subtle woodspice, cherry and wild herbs. The palate is juicy and mouth-filling, while remaining fresh and vibrant with a textural layering that is normally only found in much more expensive wines.

Aged for less than a year in old oak barrels, not for oak flavour but for texture and space, the wine is a modern vision of Rioja's great traditions, reinventing the sometimes tired same-old Reserva and Crianza styles with a clean and generous approach. In this relatively new wine, the grape proportions are effectively turned on their head made as it is produced from 75% Garnacha and 25% Tempranillo (that's how there is such natural, generous spice character!) both coming from very old vines in two different locations in the north-east of Rioja. Unusually, the Tempranillo vines are in bush format and the Grenache/Garnacha is on low trellises. However, the stylistic integrity is completely obvious in both parcels delivering the gorgeous layers of flavours in each glass.

The wine is made with 25-30% whole bunches that undergo 3-4 days cold soak prior to a spontaneous fermentation in small open vats. Gentle hand-plunging twice every day gives the wines a gentle extraction. A short maceration on skins after the alcoholic fermentation takes place before pressing of the whole juice into old French barriques.

This is made by two very special Allotment friends, Celbridge native Fergal Tynan (who is probably Kildare's only Master of Wine) and his chum Giles Cooke (another Master of Wine). They run several winemaking projects around the world, mostly with the aim to promote as much Grenache as the world can provide, in Australia, France and Spain. This is a particularly lovely project - de Alto Amo literally meaning "High Master" - or "High Love" - and is a reference to the search for the highest quality and highest altitude vineyard sites that the winery can access.

Region: Rioja

Country: Spain

Grape(s): Tempranillo, Garnacha

Style: Medium-Light, Fruity, Bright, Balanced

Best food matches: Tapas, Steak, Pork, Pizza, Lamb, Cheeses, Charcuterie, Casseroles, Beef

Alcohol: 14%

Why buy from us?

When you buy wine from The Allotment Wine Co. you're helping a small Irish company that in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers who grow the grapes and make amazing wines. We only work with partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.

Delivery & Returns

You'll get free delivery when you buy 12 x 75cl bottles of wine online from The Allotment, saving you €7.99.

We charge €7.99 per delivery for quantities less than that.

Our hours for processing orders are between 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday.

We pack your online wine order along the following timelines:

Wine orders for delivery in Dublin, received before 12pm on weekdays are prepared so that delivery should be expected the next working day.

Wine orders for nationwide delivery, received by 12pm on weekdays are prepared so that delivery should be expected two working days later.

Customer reviews

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Patrick H.
Hi, I'm Chris Gifford.

And you're very welcome to The Allotment Wine Co.

When you wine from me, you're supporting a small Irish business which in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers, as well as other small, dedicated Irish wine importers.

When selecting wines, I look for partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.