The Moncalvillo Maturana Blanca is a grape that has re-emerged in the past 30 years through DNA recovery. A native grape to the Navarette area, it is believed that the variety fell victim to phylloxera and vanished from commercial production for several decades. Luckily, Carlos Rubio Villanúa in Bodegas Corral has taken on the project of reintroducing the grape to the Rioja Alta terroir on the Camino de Santiago. A unique wine with deep complexity, you can almost taste the history of the lost grape.
Grapes are picked by hand, cool fermented in steel and aged for 2 months in French oak barrels with a further 3 months in bottle prior to release. Beautifully gold in colour, heady savoury notes of toasted nuts, caramel and honey marry with baked apple and dried apricot fruit notes. Full and concentrated on the palate, almost oily in texture with layers upon layer of flavour, dried and tropical fruits, apricot, banana and apple, with honey, vanilla, floral and spice notes, on a massively long finish.
This wine would pair delightfully with creamy sauces, with fish, chicken or pork.
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