NEW! Victoria Torres Pecis 'Malvasia Aromatica' Seca, La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain 2017

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NEW! Victoria Torres Pecis 'Malvasia Aromatica' Seca, La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain 2017

39.95

This is Victoria Torres’s top white wine, sourced from an ungrafted, 130-year old Malvasia vineyard on La Palma, a volcanic island in the Atlantic Ocean. Viki says that the west-facing vineyard gets battered by the wind and is exposed to extreme heat and sunlight, but the vines are so adapted to the harsh environment that they take it all in their stride. The wine itself tastes clenched, as if it is bracing itself for another squall, and there’s a wonderful sense of taut minerality, of grapefruit juice filtered through pumice and lemon rind grated onto cold stones. It’s linear and concentrated and is highly evocative of a vineyard that has had to struggle to produce fruit. 13.5% alc. Drink now-2026.

Press review:

The Wine Advocate: “The 2017 Malvasía Aromática Seca, like the 2016, was cropped from an extremely warm vintage. It felt young and fragile at first, a little closed and took some time to take off before developing a beautiful note of white flowers, very elegant and subtle. This is the famous Malvasía Candia from Madeira, a grape of great finesse—and you can see that in this example—but it is also deep and serious. It also has the volcanic/pumice stone character of the black soils where the vines grow. The palate is very balanced and keeps very good acidity, quite remarkable for a year like 2017. This should develop magnificently in bottle. 1,300 bottles. Drink now-2023.” 94 points

Winemaking:

In 2017 she did it in two separate batches that were eventually blended (two different ripening times). One was direct pressed, the other spent 24 hours on its skins. Fermentation kicked off in open vats and finished in two 500 litre oak barrels (old). Elevage was for 9 months and the wine was bottled with a tiny sulphite addition. Unfined, unfiltered.

EXTREMELY LIMITED. MAXIMUM 1 BOTTLE PER ORDER.

NOT AVAILABLE ON ITS OWN (SORRY, CHERRYPICKERS!). MUST BE PART OF AN ORDER EXCEEDING £150.00.

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