Limite Norte is a blend of Maturana Blanca and Tempranillo Blanco from Cuzcurrita del Rioja Tiron in the north of Rioja. It is designed to show the richness and diversity of the Rioja by bringing Rioja’s “forgotten grapes” to life as well as highlighting the possibilities of areas of Rioja once considered to be hard to grow high-quality grapes.
In the glass, it has a bright pale yellow colour with aromas of citrus fruit (lime peel), fresh stone fruit, notes of white flowers and lovely subtle barrel aromas. On the palate, these flavours are accentuated with excellent acidity and friendly tannin. A white wine that is full of harmony, balance and with a long journey ahead. Perfect with white meats, truffled chicken and gorgonzola-type creamy cheeses.
“In my 22 years with Ramón Bilbao, I’ve explored all four corners of my home region and am still doing so,” said head winemaker Rodolfo Bastida. “So much has changed in that time, particularly the climate. What was once impossible for grapes in the north now gives freshness and zest; where Garnacha was a lost grape in Rioja, it now makes elegant, fruit-driven reds when grown at altitude,” he said.
Limite Norte comes from a plateau at 450m altitude where the climate is so extremely continental that it is one of the last places in Rioja to be harvested, Bastida said: “Spring frost is less common here now thanks to climate change, so we saw the potential for these grapes to actually make a wine with freshness and acidity.”