Ostatu Blanco 2022, DOCa Rioja Alavesa, Spain

Bodegas Ostatu is a family winery located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa region in the town of Samaniego. Vineyard and viticulture: Sáenz de Samaniego Family. 85% Viura, 15% Malvasia. Age of vines, between 30 and 80 years old. “The grapes come from the highest parts of our oldest vineyards, in the districts of Samaniego, Laguardia, and Leza, at an altitude of 580 m above sea level. Poor calcareous/clay soil, on south facing slopes. The subsoil is made up of various layers of white rock.” Hand harvested and taken to the winery in small trailer loads between 13th and 21st September. The grapes are destemmed and pressed mechanically. Some hours low temperature maceration. The grape must ferments on the lees in stainless steel vats for 24 days at a temperature of 15-16°C. Cold stabilization. Filtered only for tartaric stabilization process. The wine is then kept in the vats until it is bottled. Pale yellow and bright color with greenish hues. Citrus and white fruits (green apple, pear) with floral and slightly herbal memories, very fine expression of the variety. Very good balance, well-salted acidity, fresh, greedy and with a certain oiliness note. Great balance of flavors where green apple and lemon, ripened greengage plum and white flowers are predominating.