Manda Huevos Blanco “Skin Contact”

Grape Variety: 90% Macabeo, 10% other white varieties
Vintage: 2017
Winemaker: Norrel Robertson MW

Vino de Parcela – Carramainas

Nowadays a vulgarism in Spanish borne out of frustration meaning I can´t believe it, get out of here etc , but actually originating form the latin Mandat Opus meaning your are obliged to do something out of necessity.

My vineyards are within the commune of Villarroya in Calatayud but we felt obliged by necesity to make these wines outside of the Denominación de Origen.

Due to the large frost event that took place on the 27th of April 2017, we only harvested 1090 kilos of Old Vine Macabeo and Garnacha Blanca from our Carramainas parcel situated at 800 metres altitude in the commune of Villarroya de la Sierra in Calatayud.

Without the normal resources to whole bunch press such a small lot we decided for fermentation of whole bunches in 2 x 900 litre huevos with gentle punch-downs and extended maceration of 7 months skin contact without added Sulphur. Light pressing then took place, with 2 months of natural decantation before bottling.

The result is a light amber coloured wine full of personality and tension. On the nose the wine displays aromas of cut hay, camomile, dried fruits and candied liquorice. In the mouth the wine has impressive tannin balanced with dried citrus fruits and a long saline nish. An intense and surprising expression of Old Vine Macabeo.

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