2015 Laventura Malvasia Rioja

SKU #1330466 91 points Decanter

 From high-altitude vineyards, fermented in a concrete egg on skins, like a red wine, aged in concrete for a year. Swartland-trained Bryan MacRobert has made a textured wine full of character – not quite an orange wine. Match with a hard cheese.  (8/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Laventura Malvasía had an oxidative fermentation and aging. It was sourced from a 50-year-old vineyard in the village of Leza, where red and white grapes are mixed in the field. The grapes fermented in a 750-liter, egg-shaped cement vat in contact with the skins for three weeks and aged there for one year. It's a little riper than the 2014 and with a slightly more oxidative character. It has typical aromas I often find in skin-contact whites, quince and medlar, with some fine tannins on the palate and a faintly bitter finish. An elegant version of an orange wine. (LG)  (2/2018)

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Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2018 | Send Email
MacRobert produces this white grape as an "orange" wine, allowing 3 weeks of maceration on the skins, and using more "natural" techniques such as organic farming, native yeast fermentation, and minimal sulfur. Showing great funkiness, bees wax, roasted nuts, more white floral aromatics, stone fruit, zippy acidity, crisp texture, and a touch of matchstick minerality, this Malvasia is quite different than most, and a thoroughly enjoyable take on this important varietal which has historically played a part in Viña Tondonia Blanco and other great traditional Rioja white wines.

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