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Abel Mendoza, Jarrarte Blanco 2021

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Get to know: Abel Mendoza, Jarrarte Blanco

Tasting Note

This is an unusual blend of Viura and Malvasía, with a proportion of Torrontés, Tempranillo Blanco and Garnacha Blanca. It showcases the pure style that can be achieved in this wild, elevated part of Rioja with no oak ageing. It has immense charm on the nose, with fresh aromas of white peach and flowers; whilst the palate is crisp, with hints of fennel and anise.

Try with garlic prawns or grilled squid.

Producer Info

Modest, passionate and in no small part obsessive, Abel Mendoza and Maite Fernández have been making understated wines from their old vine vineyards, high up in the Cantabrian mountains near San Vicente de la Sonsierra since the late 80s.

Grapes are sourced from Abel’s old vineyards situated on the rugged terrain on the edge of the Ebro valley, on soils composed of clay, marl and fine sandstones. All work in the vineyard is carried out organically and harvested by hand once the grapes have reached perfect ripeness.

Spain, Rioja