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2018 Laventura Malvasia Rioja (Previously $24)

SKU #1430975

Native South African Bryan MacRobert grew up in a farming family, and has been quietly making some of that country's best value wines. He fell in love with a girl from Rioja as well as the region's wines (we forget in which order) but quickly became fascinated with the inimitable terroirs and endless potential for wines in the region. A proponent not only of organic viticulture, but also a strong believer in the importance of legacy organically cultivated vines on top quality sites, Bryan is picky about where he grows and sources vines. The winemaking is no frills but clearly well thought out and opinionated; think lots of smaller cement vats and wood in sizes greater than 225L barriques. He's a fan of Stockinger cooperage. Particularly with the whites, these are wines where transparency, minerality and acidity drive the style. Winery notes: "From vineyards in Leza planted above 580m high that hug the Sierra Cantabria in Rioja Alavesa. The cool climate preserves the acidity and promotes later ripening allows the grapes to reach their full phenolic maturity. It is a skin contact white wine that is aged in a cement egg."


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