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Finca Allende - Rioja Blanco 2016

White wine from Rioja · Spain
Price: £24.95
Case Rate: £24.95
Ex Tax: £20.79
Country:
Wine Region: Rioja
Wine Area: Rioja Alta
Wine Maker: Miguel Angel di Gregorio
Grape: Viura
Grape Percentage: 95% Viura and 5% Malvasia
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Vegan:
Yes
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93 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
Country:
Wine Region: Rioja
Wine Area: Rioja Alta
Wine Maker: Miguel Angel di Gregorio
Grape: Viura
Grape Percentage: 95% Viura and 5% Malvasia
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Vegan:
Yes

Wine tasting notes

Yellow golden color, absolute limpidity. Elegant and subtle nose with citrus fruits notes (grapefruit) and fruits with stone (peach and greengage plum), balsamic notes. Plush mouth feeling with a great lightness, enormous persistente aftertaste.

Winery information

Finca Allende

Finca Allende is the brainchild of Miguel Ángel de Gregorio, one of Rioja's 'modernistas'. The winery is based in Briones, on the right bank of the Ebro river, in Rioja Alta. The soils in Briones are composed of red clay and gravel and the vineyards face north. Miguel's philosophy is that wine is made in the vineyard and he seeks to express the individual qualities of each site, rather than highlight barrel ageing. Indeed, when you visit him in Rioja, he often insists on tasting individual vineyard wines in situ, to fully understand their origin and style. The single vineyard wines Martires, Calvario and Aurus are the ultimate expressions of Miguel's hard work.

Finca Allende practices sustainable viticulture without the use of harmful pesticides or herbicides. Cultivation is done by hand or with the help of horses. Allende's commitment is also ethical and the winery supports various projects aimed at helping more disadvantaged groups. The flagship Allende Tinto is 100% Tempranillo, aged for 14 months in French oak barrels.

www.finca-allende.com

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2016) - 93 pts

I had two vintages of some of the wines to taste side by side, which is always interesting to see the effect of the different years in the wines. The white 2016 Allende Blanco comes from a late harvested that started here the 10th of October, and the wine is fresh and balanced, with good acidity and good ripeness, keeping 13.5% alcohol. This is mostly Viura with 5% Malvasía Riojana (Alarije). It fermented with indigenous yeasts in new French oak barrels, where the wine matured for 14 months, the first seven with lees that were stirred twice per week. There is a lot of freshness here and a hint of classicism that could remind you of the whites from yesteryear. The palate is dry, with chalky minerality and a long and tasty finish. This is subtle and elegant and has nice balance; it should develop nicely in bottle. 36,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2018.

Vinification notes

We softly press the bunches in a vertical press. Static racking of free run must for 48 hours. Fermentation in new french oak barrels for 28 days at a temperature of 20 ºC