Inviting notes of stone fruit, apple, lime, cinnamon and a hint of grassiness. A rich and textured mouthfeel is supported by bright, mouthwatering acidity. The flavours replay on the palate, with a touch of vanilla and an extra note of that grassiness. A wonderful afternoon sipper, or partner with grilled pork chops or stuffed peppers.
This is a proprietary blend using the mouthfeel of Macabeo, the richness and weight of Chardonnay and the aromatic intensity and fresh acidity of Sauvignon Blanc. The altitude and cool nights, coupled with the long amounts of daytime sun, allow for full ripening of these varieties without becoming too sugar ripe and weighty.
Utiel-Requena is a Spanish Denominación de Origen Protegida for wines located in the province of Valencia. It takes its name from the two neighbouring towns of Utiel and Requena and is renowned for the predominant use of the Bobal grape variety. Although these wines are moderately contemporary, the region is anything but. Traces of Phoenician amphorae suggest viticulture and wine production here date at least as far back as the 7th century BC.
Chozas Carrascal is a family winery with the Pago Chozas Carrascal Designation of Origin. Due to its elevation and proximity to the Juan Navarro mountain range, which contributes dominant northern winds, it is one of the coldest areas in Valencia. The extension of the Sierra Juan Navarro to the southeast slows down a large part of the clouds that come from the Mediterranean loaded with water so rainfall at Chozas Carrascal is less than in other areas of the region. The vineyard relies greatly on the south western facing sunlight, radiating more than 3,000 hours of direct sunlight per year.
Each variety was vinified separately, beginning in concrete eggs. After 24 hours of skin maceration to extract pigment and character, the wines begin their fermentation in concrete, then were transferred into French Oak where they received twice daily bâtonnage for the first few weeks. The Chardonnay spent six months in barrel, the Sauvignon Blanc four, and the Macabeo only one. They were then blended and aged for another year in bottle.