Olivier Rivière was born and raised in Cognac, in the south of France, and had originally planned to start producing wine in Fitou.He had already spent much of his time learning about biodynamic and organic wine production, having studied oenology in Montagne St-Emilion, Bordeaux. His Fitou plans changed when he was asked by Telmo Rodriguez to travel to La Rioja Alavesa in Spain in 2004, to help convert his vineyards to biodynamic production. He has been in the country ever since, having fallen for Rioja, with its diversity of grape varieties and soil types. Rivière’s reputation as a perfectionist is summed up nicely by the name of one of his red wines, Ganko. Ganko was a name given to him by a Japanese importer, meaning “stubborn”.
Classic profile full of spices and fruity notes. When you taste it you will immediately perceive the maturity of the impeccable winemaking process as it incorporates current tannins, delighting you with a finish that is both fleshy and well balanced. Ready to drink and will improve.
Pairs well with juicy roast lamb and game meat.