GRAPES: PEDRO XIMÉNEZ, MONTÚA, VIGIRIEGO
SKIN CONTACT: 10 DAYS
REGION: ANDALUCÍA, SPAIN
Vinification method: Young Samuel Párraga began Bodega Viñeron in 2018, producing wines which express the incredible terroirs of his native Málaga and neighboring Granada. The region has been cultivated for centuries with vines, almonds, olives, citrus and now avocados. It also holds a deep winemaking history dating back to Roman times. While Andalucía has skyrocketed in fame on the Atlantic side, Samuel's region in the mountains of Málaga and Granada share a similar winemaking tradition, despite vastly different climates. The humid Mediterranean climate quickly gives way with altitude to more mountainous terrain with a mix of slate, clay, limestone and sand with refreshingly cool evenings as some of Samuel’s vines grow as high as 1300m above sea level.
"0981" (so-named for the altitude of the vineyard at 981m) comes from a blend of Pedro Ximénez (a grape best known for its use in single-varietal sherry, often labeled PX) and indigenous Montúa and Vigiriego grapes. Grapes are hand-harvested at the end of September and undergo 10 days of skin contact before pressing in whole bunches. The wine then ages for 8 months in French oak barrels, and was bottled in July 2022. Unfined, unfiltered, no added S02.
Tasting notes: medium-bodied, date, roasted nuts, quince, ripe peach, round mouthfeel
Pairings: fried chicken
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