In a nutshell: An elegant, intense and fruit driven Rioja.
The lowdown: Sela, is their younger, entry level, Rioja and is Tempranillo dominated and completed with a little Graciano and Garnacha. It's carefully aged for 12 months in French oak barrels and is an elegant, medium bodied wine with fresh and flavourful red fruits, hints of sweet spice with polished and silky tannins. Everything is very well integrated and the finish is satisfyingly persistent.
When to drink: A wine that combines freshness and maturity it's versatile enough to match with roast beef, or spicy Indian dishes.
Bodegas Roda founded in the late 1980s and based in the heart of the Rioja region at Haro has rapidly gained renown for its meticulous and exacting research into Tempranillo, one of Spain's oldest indigenous grape varieties. Using the most modern of technology, Roda have perfected the art of Tempranillo, identifying 552 individual clones, from which only 20 have been selected for propagation, chosen for the quality they deliver in specific vineyard plots.
Tended by renowned Rioja expert Agustín Santolaya, President and Supervising Winemaker, the Roda vineyards consist of 28 immaculate blocks of old Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano vines, located in the best ecosystems of La Rioja Alta. Here, the Atlantic, the Continental and the Mediterranean climates play off each other unpredictably, causing a given vineyard to respond differently from one year to the next. This variation forms the heart of the Roda philosophy to express not just a sense of place, but also the climatic year of each vintage.