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2014 Malvasia, Arribes del Duero

2014 Malvasia, Arribes del Duero
ref. VETT140 JAN16

Wine Variety: Malvasia is a really unhelpful name that covers a huge range of unrelated grapes, white, pink and black. The name Malvasia comes from Monemvasia, a port in the Peloponnese that had particularly strong trading links with Venice for many hundreds of years. Malvasia Fina is a Portuguese variety that has spilled over the border into  far western Spain. As well as a number of other varieties, it is known as Boal in Madeira where it produces that style of fortified wine. This is the white grape of Dao. 

Wine Region: We're in the far west of Spain here, alongside Portugal's border and on the banks of the Duero (Portuguese Douro), upstream of the port-producing vineyards. Equally steep vineyards to those lower down the valley and a similar geology mean that this is a region of good potential for quality wine production. It was also one of the first in Spain to gain the new Vinos de Calidad con Indicación Geográfica (VCIG) classification.

Wine Producer: Arribes del Duero is one of the two co-operatives in the region, both of which have around seventy members. There are talks of a merger between these two producers. 

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Style
Style:
Dry White - fruity
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Malvasia Fina
  Producer
Producer:
Arribes del Duero
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
11°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
13%
  Country
Country:
Spain
  Appellation
Appellation:
Arribes del Duero
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2017
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Castilla y Leon
  Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
Food:
  • Aperitif
  • Cheese
  • Chicken
  • Salads

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

Initially tasted at 21 degrees C. Very pale lemon and lime colour. Sweet spice like ginger cake; dried apricots; rhubarb. Nicely rich and dense palate. Nutty, almond throughput. Tangy all through with green apple acidity. Nice length. Becomes freshly squeezed orange juice. Some light tannin about this. Becomes dry and structured at the finish.

Later at 6.5 degrees C. Still a sort of lactic breadth on the nose, plus oranges and guava, perhaps. Nicely rich palate that becomes lemon flavoured, gains fractionally in mild tension. And the tannin through is more evident at this temperature; could do with food, this. Some grapefruit grip about the very death.

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Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
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  Style
Style:
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Country
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  Alcohol Content
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  Drink By Date
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2015
Colour
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  Food
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