Alegre y Valgañón

Rioja (Sajazarra)

Viura-Garnacha 2021


The fruit is from old bush-vines from the Obarenes villages, Galbárruli (la Calera vineyard) and Fonzaleche (Bahiarra and Cara Santa Domingo), at around 600m altitude. Viura with 10% Garnacha Blanca. Very gently pressed, only 55% of the must is retained (4500 kg yielded just 2200 litres). A cool fermentation starts in vat and after a week continues in large French oak, where the wine stays nine months with weekly batonnage. 3.1pH. A long-lived, complex and great value white. It’s quiet, and gorgeous! Decant to assist the textural depth of the wine to express fully.

This is a remarkably fresh wine despite plenty of textural material, with deep, subtle richness and power. Aching of chalk, with grapefruit tang and the tart sweetness of lemonade fruit. Layered flavours of cereal, lemon barley and citrus rind. Herb lush, it has perfectly pitched soft roundness texturing a long, fine line of salty acidity.