Type of Wine: Red wine
Principal grape variety: Tempranillo
Bodega: Contador. Benjamin Romeo.
Contador wine pairs especially well with meats, stewed meats and fish sauce Serve between 17ºC and 18ºC.
Contador is a red wine made from grapes of the varieties 94% Tempranillo, 6% Graciano and Mazuelo, farm El Hoyo Barbera, The Bardallo, El Bosque, Hoyo Abalos, San Juan, Corrales , El Bonbon, Murmurón and The Elder, located in the municipalities of San Vicente de la Sonsierra , Labastida , Abalos and Briones, Rioja Alava, belonging to the denomination of origin Rioja. Harvested by hand by experienced harvesters . The grapes are transported in boxes of 14 kg capacity and a maximum of half an hour to reach the winery with optimum quality. Manual selection of clusters and, after stripping, manual selection of grains, which are high up the mouth of the fermentation tanks in small containers. Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled conical French oak vats of 10.000 liters . Both the empty tanks as the filling of the barrels is carried out also by gravity . The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation and aging for 18 months in new French oak barrels . In this period several racking and weekly fillings are made to meet the losses that occur in a room with a moderate degree of humidity (65%) for reasons of health and hygiene. All movements of the wine are made considering lunar cycles. From 4500 liters of wine bud, after racking and subsequent removal of lees shrinkage and filling barrels get 4275 liters of counter 2011, with 5,700 bottles that are made. Alcohol: 15.5% vol. Tasting Notes: Dark cherry color. On the nose, aromas of ripe fruit and hints of coffee and cocoa. On the palate, powerful and fleshy, with refreshing acidity.
For many Benjamin Romeo is the "Wine Wizard". Started s iendo a winegrower who worked for large wineries like Artadi, and after nearly 20 years into his personal project with Bodega Contador has made its wines are the letters of the most expensive restaurants in the world. In 1995 Benjamin Romeo acquires a centuries cave under the castle of San Vicente de la Sonsierra (La Rioja). In 1996 the first crop produced there from La Cueva del Contador and start buying vineyards, while conditioning the garage of his parents' house to increase the processing capacity of the cave. His international recognition comes through the American critic Robert Parker awarded 100 points to 2004 and 2005 vintages of wine, "Counter", made in the garage. Being the highest rating given to a Rioja wine before. The modern project of Bodega Contador is through the architect Hector Herrera, and opens on June 21, 2008, coinciding with the summer solstice. Its three-story structure reproduces the original slope of the land, allowing the handling of the grapes and wine by gravity.
Their vineyards are spread over 50 sites with different soils, microclimates, altitudes and orientations, applies a traditional viticulture, worked in biodynamic, paying the land with organic matter derived from sheep manure yrealizando work considering lunar cycles. .
Since late 2013 the airline Fly Dubai Emirates (UAE), opted for the counter came to offer it to their customers who fly first class on board the Airbus A380.