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    Rioja 5V Blanco - Viura, Malvazia, Tempranillo Bl, Torrontes

    Type of wine
    type of wineWit
    Country
    Grape variety
    Grenache Blanc
    Malvasia
    Tempranillo Blanco
    Torrontés
    Viura
    Region
    Ageing
    Eikenhouten 500L+, deels nieuw eikenhout en deels 2e & 3e fill
    Vintage
    Vinification
    Whole bunch press, zonder koude settling start de gisting op eikenhout met het natuurlijke gist

    Viura, Malvasia, Grenache Blanco, Torrentes & Tempranillo Blanco | selectie van de beste witte vaten | wisselt jaarlijks van samenstelling | vergist op hout, geen malo en blijft voor 5-6 maanden op de fijne lie | super aromatisch en iets oaky in zijn jeugd | na gelang van flesrijping ontwikkeld dit zicht tot één van de beste witte wijnen van Spanje!

    Abel&Maite Mendoza

    Een stel echt pioniers in het Rioja gebied, zijn Abel en Maite. Al 25 jaar verbouwen zij biodynamische druiven in verschillende regio’s van de Rioja, op 22 verschillende percelen. Zij hebben ervoor gekozen om alle kleine percelen apart te laten vergisten om zo een soort ‘Bourgogne systeem’ te introduceren, alleen is dit vrij lastig gebleken. In de kelder wordt er traditioneel gewerkt en levert wijnen op die altijd hoge scores krijgen. Het is niet voor niets dat ze altijd bij de 15 beste producenten van de regio zitten!

    Review

    The beauty of blending is that the combination of the five white varieties Mendoza works can often show better than the individual parts, as is again the case with the 2019 5V, which felt more complete, nuanced, deep and harmonious than any of its components. It's pale and young with nice transparency and purity. The wine does not lack power (it's 14% alcohol), but it feels more delicate and is about detail and finesse. The palate is medium-bodied with very clean and precise flavors, tasty and long. Truly delicious. After the same élevage as the other whites—five months in barrel with bâtonnage—3,797 numbered bottles were filled in April 2020. 95/100 Luis Gutiérrez

    I don't think there are many producers in Rioja that make six different white wines, and it's a shame it's not seven, because the seventh should be a varietal Maturana Blanca, the varietal that I think has more potential among the "new" varieties. But Mendoza doesn't have any Maturana Blanca and therefore he cannot make such a wine... These whites are sold very early, and I suspect most are also drunk early, which is a shame, because when young, the wines are shy and difficult to read (tasting them reminds me of tasting chez Roulot in Burgundy), and one seldom finds older vintages in restaurants or shops. The whites I tasted were all from 2019, a vintage they say was very dry with some spring frosts, a year of low yields and drought. The reds were mostly from 2017, a very challenging vintage, of which you've probably heard a lot by now, but in the words of Abel Mendoza, it was "marked by the largest frost ever known in our area at the end of April. Together with the occasional hailstorm during the summer and the drought of the year in general, it caused a significant reduction in yields and at the same time an earlier harvest. The earliest we have had so far," Mendoza is, of course, the ultimate Riojan vigneron who works his 21 hectares of vineyards, mostly in his village San Vicente de la Sonsierra and in the neighboring Ábalos and Labastida, and makes the wines at home with his wife Maite, a total of 70,000 bottles.