About the wine
100% Moscatel sourced from vines growing on chalky/clay soils in the subzone of Xaló Valley, La Marina Alta at 200m altitude. Vines are 30-50 years of age, bush vine trained. The grapes are hand-harvested, lightly pressed and fermented dry with temperature control in steel vats, and then aged on the lees for 7 months in vat.
Mainly floral nose (rose, almond blossom and jasmine), with a brush of lemon verbena on a background slightly musky. The palate is fresh from start to finish, direct and slightly aerial with a salty finish. Pale color lemony with greenish reflections.
About the producer
In 1982, Felipe and Pilar moved into an old Almazara (olive mill) in the secluded village of Parcent, finding more space to work, along with greater accessibility to the diverse range of vineyard sites throughout their region. Currently the family farms 10 hectares of organically certified head-pruned vines around La Marina Alta, as well as inland in the Sierra de Salinas mountains. The earthy soils, high elevations, and proximity to the ocean allow the grapes to fully ripen while maintaining very good acidity. The grape varieties are as varied as the climate; Moscatel originates from the lower lying areas close to the ocean whilst Monastrell makes its home in the ungrafted sandy soils of the Sierra de Salinas mountains. Violeta, Felipe and Pilar’s talented winemaker daughter, is gradually taking over the reins from her parents. Their approach has always been artisan; natural yeasts are employed for fermentation and no other products are used in the winery except for judicious amounts of sulphur. Soleras are maintained for their highly acclaimed noble sweet wines and based on the direction of Felipe, there will be a bottling periodically with an age designation.