Bodega Família Nin-Ortiz - Selma de Nin Blanco 2017
Bodega Família Nin-Ortiz - Selma de Nin Blanco 2017 (92+ TSW)
Several weeks ago we tasted this beautiful blend with equal parts of Chenin Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Parellada
Selma is without doubt a cult wine. Everyone has heard of it, but no one has tasted it yet. Selma is an extinct mountain village in the Sierra de Montmell (Santes Creus, Tarragona). This is where the roots of Carles Ortiz and Ester Nin lie, who many years ago started planting vines on a small scale against the mountainside of the abandoned village. Everything is biodynamically processed, with the utmost care for the vineyard and consistent in the vinification.
The full clusters are pressed and left to macerate for 24 for hours, and one day later, when the juice has settled, it is put in 300-liter oak barrels where the wine fermented with the natural yeasts and matured slowly for eight months. They always keep the bottles for two to three years before it's sold. 2017 was a warm and dry year that saw a very early harvest (August 26th to September 5th), and the wine has a moderate 12.5% alcohol and a low pH of 3.2. Only 2.340 bottles were filled in August 2018.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a bright citrus yellow color with green reflections.
On the medium(+) nose aromas of ripe apple, melon, oraangezest and pear with hints of black pepper, fennel, white flowers, tea, herbs, light cedar and a drop of honey.
On the palate dry, full-bodied with nice freshness and medium(-) acidity. Light creamy and round mouthfeel (light salty) with flavours of orangezest, lime, yellow fruit, grapefruit, almonds and spices with a long mineral and light almond aftertaste. Needs some time to even get better.