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Alejairén Crianza 2017

11,60

The new vintage of the only white wine made by Familia Fernández Rivera at its winery in Campo de Criptana in Castile-La Mancha is now here. A wine with the crispness of white wine and the character of red wine. Without a doubt, a different wine made from Airén, a grape variety native to the region, with the added peculiarity of a 24-month-long ageing process in American oak barrels. An unusual technique in white wine production which makes it the only DO La Mancha white wine aged in barrels. It has been recognised by the Oenological Association of Salamanca as the Best White Wine in Spain and awarded an Honourable Mention for the Best White Wine from La Mancha in 2015, given by the Regulating Council of the DO La Mancha. A white wine beyond description that triumphs within and without the standards for wine.

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Description

WINERY: El Vínculo

BRAND: Alejairén Crianza

ALCOHOL CONTENT: 14%

VARIETY: 100% Airén

 

TASTING NOTES

LOOK: Gold colour, clear and shiny.

SMELL: Intense, balsamic and very aromatic. It has aromas of ripe fruit overlaid with spicy notes that show the complexity and majesty of this wine.

TASTE: Dense, unctuous and long. The perfect balance between fruit and wood, which makes this wine an atypical and different white wine. Freshness in the mouth with a long aftertaste with fruity aromas.

SERVING TEMPERATURE: 12º

CONSUMPTION: Optimal time for consumption. Its method of production lets it age and develop properly in the bottle.

PAIRINGS: Perfect for accompanying appetisers, such as Iberian ham and foie gras, going well with rice dishes, pasta and fish as the main course, and even with dessert.

 

VINEYARD AND PRODUCTION

DESCRIPTION: Located at an altitude of between 750 and 650 metres on semi-flat terrain running downward from north to south, facing south. Grapes from Paraje la Golosa, recognised as one of the best vineyards in the area for the quality of its grapes.

SURFACE AREA: 6 hectares in total.

AGE: Average of 90 years.

SOIL: A mix of sand and clay throughout the land.

CLIMATE: A year that was warmer than usual. The first frosts did not arrive until November and December, resulting in warmer winter temperatures. The beginning of spring came with cooler temperatures than normal. Nevertheless, bud break took place as normal. The average temperature since June was high. 

VINIFICATION: De-stemming and crushing for fermentation in stainless steel tanks to produce natural wines.

AGEING: Aged 24 months in French oak barrels and 6 months in the bottle.

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