Malayeto 2019

94 Points by The Wine Advocate

Grape: Grenache
Alcohol: 14% abv
Type: Dry Red
Vintage: 2019
Format: 75cl
Designation: Navarra DO
Sub-Region: Ribera Baja
Country: Spain



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Malayeto was the first wine to be launched in the series of terroir-focused wines from Fitero, the only place in Navarra located in the Iberian Mountains, just on the geological border between the Sierra de Cameros mountains and the Ebro river basin. The Malayeto parcel is found at a latitude of 42.05° and an altitude of 520 metres, the soils are rocky and stony, with variegated clays, limestone and composite soils. These characteristics, in conjunction with the continental climate, mean that the roots have to burrow deep into the soil to find water. The aim is to keep on improving the biodiversity of this vineyard, as well as taking active steps to recuperate the native flora. Along with sustainable viticulture practices, these factors define the unique terroir of a sole plot of land. Alcoholic fermentation in 3.500-litre wooden tanks, using just indigenous yeast, malolactic fermentation and 9 months ageing in 300-litre 2 years used French barrels. 2 months refinement in 4.500-litre wooden tanks.

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