La Raspa - 2018
Do you like breaking the rules? Going against the grain? This trouble maker was raised on the vertigo-inducing slopes of Axarquía, facing the Mediterranean sea, by unconventionally cool parents. A child prodigy with attitude.
Good for waking & shaking the senses.
Fruity and floral aromas with herbaceous, honey and citric hints, which take your palate to a fresh and slightly acidic sensation with surprising structure, dryness and a lasting and saline rounding power.
Annual Production: 14,800 bottles (The club has access to 800 annually)
Type: Blanco (White)
Finish: Smooth an persistent
Grape Variety: Coupage of 80% Moscatel de Alejandría, 20% Doradilla (autochthonous grape from Sierras de Málaga, very few hectares still exist)
Viticulture / Farming: Sustainable Farming - Terroir Driven
Ageing: 5 months on lees in concrete vats
Winemaker: Vicente Inat Estrada
Bodega: Viñedos Verticales
Region: Sierras de Málaga, La Axarquía
Designation of Origin (DOC): Sierras de Málaga
Micro-Climate: Mediterranean sea breezes, hot summer days & cool nights
Elevation: Between 200 and 600 meters above sea level
Age of Vines: 20 - 40 years old
Soil: Schists, black phyllite, and slate
- Preferable to drink now, however, you could keep it for up to 6 years (the wine has good acidity)
- No decanting necessary, just uncork 10 minutes before serving
- Pairs with Tapas, Manchego cheese, Ibérico ham, Fish and Seafood - excellent with typical "Pescaito Frito" (fried fish), Spreads and Salads, or any rice-based and noodles-based light dishes, including Paella or any rice-based Mediterranean dishes
- Ideal slightly chilled, between 12 and 14 Celsius
Moclinejo is a village located in the South of the Comarca de la Axarquía, at about 14Km in a straight line to the Mediterranean sea. The climate is very warm almost subtropical, with about 300 sunny days a year with a yearly temperature average of 18 Celsius. It has the warmest climate in Europe, with mild temperatures all year round. The vineyards are all located on the very steep slopes of a series of low altitude mountains - ranging from 180 to 1000 meters above sea level - that constitute the Sierras de Malaga, just north and north-east of the town of Malaga. However, in the north-east of the Axarquía there are mountain peaks around 2,000 meters of altitude, which constitute a natural wall to the extreme continental weather.
The grapes are handpicked and carried with the help of mules, due to the sharp inclination of the vineyards. The Moscatel is harvested in mid-August and the Doradilla towards the end of September. The spontaneous fermentation of each type of grape happens in stainless steel vats.
Once the fermentation finishes the wines are assembled and the coupage rests for five months
Vicente Inat studied Agronomic Engineering and Oenology in Valencia. After working with a number of wineries in multiple regions of Spain, he decided to settle in Ronda, Málaga, with his wife, who is also an oenologist.
Since 2005 he’s been working as the head oenologist at Descalzos Viejos, an iconic winery in Ronda. Vicente also teaches a Masters program of oenology at the University of Malaga.
After meeting Juan Muñoz, a third-generation viticulturist in la Axarquia, Vicente fell in love with the local vineyards and the people of the Sierra de Málaga. Finally, in 2015 he and Juan-Muñoz took the plunge and established Viñedos Verticales and started producing these vibrant wines from their vertical vineyards.
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