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Castillo de Mendoza Rioja Noralba Blanco

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Castillo de Mendoza helped pioneer organic wine in Rioja Alta. Noralba Blanco blends organic Viura and Malvasia, from 100-year-old vines. A barrel-fermented wine full of creamy white fruit and a zesty finish.

This is a new star of Rioja. For more than a century the Mendoza family made wines solely for family and friends in a small ancient cellar in the castle of San Vicente de la Sonsierra in Rioja Alta. In 1994, the family restored an old distillery building to start a new winery: Bodegas Castillo de Mendoza with cellars carved out of the local rock. This estate was one of the pioneers of organic viticulture in Rioja, beginning down this path in 2000. The vines are tended by hand and the yields low. The wines are exceptional and several are held back in the deep cellars for release only when they are at their very peak.

The organically farmed vineyards are located in the prestigious Rioja Alta region near the Sierra Cantabria, which benefits from high diurnal variation and ideal clay-limestone soil.

The grapes undergo a cool soak on skins to build texture and phenolics followed, without pressing, by alcoholic fermentation in new Hungarian oak barrels . The wine is then aged for a further 4 months on its lees in barrel.

Grape Variety: 95% Viura, 5% Malvasia

Farming Practices: Organic, Vegan - Contains Sulfites

Tasting Notes: Flavours of pear, quince and pineapple a complemented by a subtle hint of vanilla. The palate has an attractive creamy texture and lingering citrus finish. A refined, classy white.

Food Match: Drink with crayfish, grilled bream or chicken salad

Sugar Level: 0.6g/l

Closure: Cork

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Brand Castillo de Mendoza
Country of Origin Spain
Region Rioja
Style White
Wine Colour White
Grape Variety Viura
Main Grape Viura
Vintage 2021
% Alcohol 13.5
Bottle Size 75CL
Flavour Soft & Round
Body Medium
Pack Format 75CL
Fine No
Rare No