Abel Mendoza Malvasía 2018
21.90€ (Inc. VAT bot. 75 cl.)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Malvasía comes from a challenging year. All of these whites fermented in French oak barrels with neutral yeasts and aged in those barriques for some five months with the fine lees and bâtonnage. This is a variety that has larger grapes, and the larger 2018 crop means that the grapes have kept a good pH even of it doesn't have a lot of acidity. This is probably the gentlest wine, and it feels young and tender. Don't think of this as an aromatic white, as it's rather neutral and has a tendency to overproduce so that you have to control yields to get some concentration. Abel Mendoza tells me that he gets rid of the majority of bunches, and sometimes when the bunches are too large, he gets rid of the tip of the bunch. So, this is a more expressive wine than what Malvasía Riojana (a.k.a. Alarije in Extremadura and Subirat Parent in Penedès) delivers on its own. 3,444 bottles were filled in March 2019.
Between 10ºC and 12ºC
Aged for 5 months in French oak barrels.