2008 Ancestral Malvasia de Sitges

SKU #1114676

Enric Bartra and Rafael Sala are the winemakers for Vega de Ribes, the small, family-owned winery behind the Ancestral label. They use an ancient technqiue to create the sparkling wines in the range, slowing the initial fermentation by cooling the fermenting juice (in Ancestral's case, fermenting in chestnut barrels) and bottling it while it's dormant. They then heat the wine back up so that it finishes fermenting in bottle. This means no dosage, but a wonderful bottle of bubbles. It is said that Malvasia was brought over to Spain from Greece back in the 1400s, but these days the varietal is quite rare. After finding a few small plantings, the folks at Vega de Ribes have worked diligently to bring back the grape, garnering them a Slow Food award for their preservation efforts. This wine went into bottle at 102 grams per little and finished at a bout 68 grams per liter, making it the sweetest in the Ancestral range. But its crisp acidity and lively bead temper the sweetness. Try it with your favorite tapas.

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- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.


Alcohol Content (%): 10.5