Laventura, Malvasia 2018 Bottle size: 750ml

Spain, Rioja
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Laventura Malvasia is made from the grape Malvasia, from vineyards in Leza planted above 580m high that hug the Sierra Cantabria in Rioja Alavesa. The cool climate preserves the acidity and promotes later ripening to allow the grapes to reach their full phenolic maturity. It is a skin contact white wine that it is aged in a cement egg.

Tasting notes:
'Frost meant that they couldn't produce Malvasía in 2017, so the follow-up to the 2016 is the 2018 Laventura Malvasía. It was produced with Malvasía Riojana (Alarije/Subirat Parent) grapes from old, dry-farmed vines in Leza, trying to express the character of the grape, which is shy and not aromatic like the name Malvasía might suggest. It fermented and matured in concrete egg, where it matured for 12 months. The wines always have an austere profile, and this is no exception. The nose is quite shy; he goes for a more reductive approach in the winery with the idea that the wines are going to develop in bottle. There are notes of white fruit, and the palate reveals similar flavors, clean, balanced, with moderate alcohol and mellow acidity. Only 750 bottles were filled in August 2019.' Drink 2020 - 2023.' – Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, 91/100 (Oct 2020)

'This wine has a golden colour with primary floral aromas of honeysuckle and fruit aromas of gooseberry, lemon rind, peach, apricot and quince. Secondary aromas such as butter, nuts, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg are present due to the lees contact and oxidative ageing for one year. Slight presence of tertiary aromas such as honey and hay. The palate is textured and layered with a slight waxiness. The tannin is exclusively from the grapes. Good acidity, body and palate length.' – Winemaker

More Information
Alcohol 12.5%
Technical analysis RS: 1.4 g/L | TA: 5.0 g/L | PH: 3.45
Variety Malvasia
Blend information 100% Malvasia
Rating WA 91
Winemaker Bryan MacRobert
Body Medium-bodied
Drink to Drink or cellar
Producer information Former Young Gun, Bryan MacRobert, moved to Rioja 7 years ago to start Laventura. Today, his new terroir-driven wines are causing a fuss! ‘I want to make Rioja as it once was. I’m trying to make honest wines,’ says Bryan whose wines are refreshing, innovative and true-to-terroir style of Rioja. With cellars located in the centre of La Rioja, they source high-quality grapes from the whole region. The vineyards are often 40 to 90 years old and harvesting is done by hand. ‘It’s time to take Rioja far more seriously,’ writes Tim Atkin MW as the Rioja landscape changes dramatically.
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