Sedella - Blanco de Guarda 2016
Sedella - Blanco de Guarda 2016 (88 TSW)
When we are talking about a rare blend this one is a great choice.
Blend of 30% Moscatel de Alejandría, 20% Calona, 20% Montua, 20% Doradilla, 10% Vijiriega.
This is an heroic wine made from old vines (many obscure varieties alongside Muscat) grown on slopes with a 45% gradient in Málaga’s Axarquía.
The grapes come from a vineyard planted in 1940. Manual harvest with low yields. Manual selection of the grapes, destemming and maceration in a small stainless steel tank. Fermentation with autochthonous yeasts and with 1/3 of the skins for 27 days. Transfer with all its lees and without skins to amphora of cement type egg and French oak barrels used. It ages 8 months on lees in cement egg and used French oak barrels Tronçais.
My tasting notes:
In the glass an intense straw yellow color with greenish reflections.
On the medium++ nose (muscate variety) funky aromas of pear, melon, some stonefruit with hints of honey and citrus.
On the palate dry, medium++ bodied with medium+ acidity and round mouthfeel. Flavours are light salty, stonefuit, melon, flowers with secondary sweet notes. Nice long light bitter aftertaste. Very unique wine. Really worth a try.
Ideal to pair with medium sheep or goat cheeses: Manchego, majorero, torta de casar … It pairs well with baked fish and accompanied in its garnish of nuts, such as monkfish, sole, turbot or sea bream. Ideal for roasts with red mullet and sardines.
Bodegas Sedella is a reference in the Axarquia of Málaga. located on the top of a small farm, within the “Las Viñuelas de Sedella”. The winery combines a modern and functional structure with the most ancient techniques in the elaboration of ecological handmade wines. The use of long crianzas in used French barrels and amphoras of cement and mud (jars) is another of the fundamental phases in the elaboration of these wines, that both amateurs and professionals can taste in the visits to these facilities, which want to become a reference of Spanish wine tourism.