About This Wine...
La Bascula range
Báscula in Spanish means either a weighbridge for lorries or an old fashioned weight scales. When South African Bruce Jack of Flagstone winery and hispanophile Ed Adams MW (both Celtic Tigers at heart) decided on a label design they went for the latter rather than the former to represent balance in their carefully crafted pair of wines from Jumilla, Spain. Good wines are all about balance – balance in the vineyard, the balance between various components in the wine and in the case of Báscula the balance between Old and New World.
The Charge evokes the criss-crossing of Rioja by medieval knights and pilgrims on the Santiago trail.
Working with the talented Rodolfo Bastida of Bodegas Ramón Bilbao in Haro, Rioja Alta, La Bascula have crafted a wine with excellent red berry and spicy fruit with refreshing acidity balanced by fine vanilla flavours from oak maturation. Our The Charge red is made from grapes from all over the Rioja region – 70% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacha and 5% of the enigmatic Graciano. 7 different vineyard blocks were used and the wine was aged for an average 9 months in a variety of French and Amercian oak barrels.
- Decanter World Wine Awards Commended 2008 and Bronze Medal in 2010
- Silver medal Sommelier awards, Imbibe magazine 2010
- Jonathan Ray. Weekend Telegraph March 2009 “… lovely stuff, cram-packed with ripe and luscious red berry fruit.”
- 5* top rating on Decanter website August 2009 “ Lovely perfume on the nose with aromas of red berry fruits. The palate is robust but fresh and harmonious and has elegant black fruit concentration… “
- 2011 Vintage awarded Gold Medal – 90+pts – by The Drinks Business Masters, November 2014.
- 2011 Vintage awarded Bronze Medal at Decanter World Wine Awards 2015