Costador, "Metamorphika" Chenin Blanc
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Orange Wine (Skin Contact)

Costador, "Metamorphika" Chenin Blanc - 2022

Item # 48879 750mL

From 62 year-old Chenin Blanc vines, this wine spent one week macerating on the skins, followed by fermentation in clay amphorae. Élévage takes place in used French barrels with battonage. Pair this structured, skin contact white with bullinada.

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Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.

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Although Joan Franquet and The Costador winery has been at it for a short time (since 2009), he's regarded as one of Spain's top natural vignerons. Amazingly, everything has been learned on the job. He’s been able to purchase small plots on a single mountain in Catalonia. These plots bear vines that are 60-100 years old and enjoy the climate of 400-800 meter elevation. This Chenin has been soaked with the skins for 7 days, then fermented in amphora for 6 weeks. After that, it ages in used barrels on its lees for 6 months. Pretty nifty huh? The wine reveals a multitude of layers in flavors and aromas. Melons, citrus, apple pie, cinnamon, yeast, tea leaf, dried herbs were all flavors that I found. Grainy tannins add to the texture. Enjoy with porcini risotto.

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Central to the Spanish winemaking philosophy is the belief that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before. Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are highly regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Rioja, Navarra, and the Ribera del Duero (which have the most stringent requirements) red Crianzas must be aged a minimum of two years; Reservas, at least three...

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Chenin Blanc

A versatile grape that is grown worldwide, but is most commonly associated with the Loire, California, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand. It produces just about any type of wine you can think of: ageworthy dessert wines; delicious, honeyed dry whites; sparklers; and even bases for fortified wines and spirits. These days, one of the most exciting stories is in South Africa, where newly adopted winemaking technologies have helped a dedicated group of producers to bring the country's dry...

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