The nose on this wine is like stepping out from Walter's old Mercedes into this high mountain vineyard - full of dusty mountain air purity and speaks volumes about Uco Valley. The leafy graphite nose follows through on to the palate with a firm, posh, proper, pencilly, fruit of cassis, crushed rocks and sour cherry. A stunning wine, intense, concentrated and fine with great varietal typicity.
A wine of great distinction with a cellaring potential of a decade or more. The use of super ripe Verdicchio grapes combined with a long maturation give a remarkably aromatic nose paired with a palate of astounding richness and suppleness.
Vineyard: The vineyards are situated on the northern side of the island in the Orotava Valley, at an altitude of 500-550 metres. The grapes are sourced from the tiny El Ciruelo parcel (0.75ha). The vines are planted on their own roots in volcanic-sandy soil and the climate is humid sub-tropical. The parcel is named after a centenary plum tree, "ciruelo" in Spanish, planted side by side with the vines.
Viticulture: Viticulture is organic and the vines, more than 90 years old, are trained in the traditional local braided cordon system.
Winemaking: The whole bunches are picked manually and foot-trodden in a concrete tank without temperature control. The fermentation takes place spontaneously, carried out by local yeast, at nearly 30°C. After a maceration period of 28 to 35 days with daily and gentle manual pigeage, wine is raced to neutral 500 litre French oak casks in which malolactic fermentation takes place. After maturing for 12 months on its lees the wine is bottled unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: Intense nose displaying aromas of black pepper, ripe dark cherries, blackberry and herbal notes. Very fresh in the mouth with a nervy acidic structure and a long finish.
100% Rebula (Ribolla Gialla) grapes that were farmed organically from a tiny 0.25ha plot. The wine spent 40 days on the skin and and a further 18 months in 500l oak barrels.
After this the wine was allowed to mature in stainless steel vats for 24 months before being bottled without fining or filtration.