2015 Finca Antigua Viura

Region: La Mancha, Spain

Variety: Viura
Color: Lemon Yellow with Emerald Green
Body: Light
Aromas: Apricot, Peach, White Flowers
Flavor Profile: Apple, Citrus
Acidity: Medium
Alcohol: 12.5% ABV

La Mancha is the largest wine producing region in Spain, and also one of the hottest and driest.The Macabeo grape, also known as Viura among other names, is the most widely grown variety in northern Spain due to the high heat and dryness.  The Finca Antigua Estate is located in central Spain, with 679 acres of grapes on 2,500 acres total. The 2015 Viura comes from the “El Palomar” parcel which is located approximately 2,970 ft above sea level, so the cool nights and hot days provides slower ripening to early September. The soil contains high amounts of calcium carbonate and clay-mix. The environmental and soil conditions contribute to the complexity of this wine.

This wine was harvested in early September, fermented in stainless steel tanks for 22 days, and then stored in stainless for 5 months “sur lie”, which is also called “on the lees”, meaning that instead of transferring the wine from the yeast sediments, it is left over and in this case stirred weekly. This stirring helps enhance the richness, flavors, and aromas of the wine; usually for a wine like this that means rich, creamy, yeasty tones.

I really enjoyed this wine. It has fresh aromas of yellow fruit and flowers, with light, crisp, flavors of apples and citrus up front, which become silky and creamy over the tongue. It has well balanced acidity that provides a smooth, long, finish.