Ontañón Clarete (pale rosé) - Boutinot

Ontañón Clarete (pale rosé) 2021


Bodegas Ontañón

An unusual Rosado from Rioja, a blend of Viura and Tempranillo vinified as a red wine yet pale, dry and elegant.

Meet the producer

Bodegas Ontañón is a 5th generation family-owned and run winery in Rioja Baja (now Rioja Oriental). Here Raquel, Rubén...



Grapes are sourced from Siete Caminos vineyard plots, with a south-easterly exposure and an altitude of around 350m. The Tempranillo vines were planted in 2000 and the Viura in 2004. The harvest was staggered and selective, to ensure that grapes arrived at the bodega optimally ripe - with good alcohol potential and abundant colour. The grapes are macerated until a pale colour is achieved, and afterwards fermentation takes place as for red wine.

Tasting notes

Pale coral pink in colour with lifted red berry aromas and delicate fruit characters. The palate is fresh, bright and quite vinous with balancing citrus acidity and an elegant, dry finish. Clarete is an officially classified style of Rosado - well-known within Rioja but almost never found outside the region, quite serious in style and very good with food.

Food match

An interesting apéritif with assorted tapas equally good with roast poultry and grilled fish - very much a food wine.