Cave de Rasteau, created in 1925 is one of the oldest cooperative wineries in the Southern Rhône Valley. This cooperative is the major producer of the Rasteau appellation. The diversity of soils and grape varieties explains why Ortas wines have such complexity in their aromas and flavours and are so potent, fine and elegant. The average age of the vines is 20-25 years, though some plots are over 80 years old: grapes from old vines are used for Rasteau Vin Doux Naturel and Côtes du Rhône Villages.
Rasteau has a Mediterranean climate and vineyard exposure is ideal: 70% are on South facing hillsides (at 200- 400 metres) swept by the Mistral. Ortas’ vineyard is located on the hillsides of Rasteau village, conviniently exposed to the sunshine of Provence. Vines are planted on chalky-limestone terraces covered with pebblesstone (like in Châteauneuf-du-Pape area).
The fruit grown on short bushy vines with cordon pruning. 90% of the vines are harvested by hand. Grapes are destemmed. Then a traditional fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats occurs. Maturation continues in concrete vats.
A ruby red color in glass, aromas of red fruit, blackcurrant and hints of spice. The palate is well balanced with a strong tannic structure.
Best paired with red meats and game served with mushrooms.