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Sierra de la Demanda Blanco

Sierra de la Demanda Blanco

Sierra de la Demanda is one of the most fascinating unknown territories of the Rioja region. Geographically speaking, Rioja is a valley that goes from East to West. Located to the north the mountains of Sierra Cantabria and to the South the unknown mountains of Sierra de La Demanda, where the vineyards of this special wine are located. The north facing vineyards of Sierra de la Demanda experience cooler temperatures resulting in grapes that are able to ripen more slowly hence showcasing flavors of greater balance and focus. In addition to the cooler conditions of this area, the parcels were these old vines are tended are extremely small and steep. This terrain is almost impossible to mechanize; all the important vineyard work needs to be done by hand. The majority of the people who own these vineyards are local farmers who do not make wine, they only grow grapes, which in exchange they sell at top prices to the big bodegas mostly located in the north of the valley near the train tracks. In the case of this special wine, Sierra de la Demanda, both the vineyard work and winemaking is handled by the same people. This farm-winemaking unity is always a key factor to fashioning superior wines. Lastly and most importantly in Sierra de La Demanda we find among the oldest Garnacha vines of Rioja. As the name states, Sierra de la Demanda is a wine of place – a place that produces wines of longevity, precision and minerality.

What makes this wine unique?

A pure, precise Rioja wine produced in the highest elevation vineyards located in the Sierra de la Demanda territory of Rioja. Ancient vines of Garnacha planted in 1930. Vines are tended in mineral soils of silica which are very unique and rare in Rioja.

Rating history:

2013 91VM

Grape:

80% Viura, 20% Garnacha Blanca. Sustainably grown vines planted in 1930. Tended in red silica soil at 700 m (2,296 ft) elevation

Pairing Suggestions:

Rich seafood such as seared scallops or baked crab. Fine fish such as Dover sole, turbot and halibut. Salmon with a beurre blanc or other butter-based sauce or salmon in pastry. Simply grilled veal or pork chops, especially with mushrooms. Roast chicken, guinea fowl or pheasant (provided the latter is not too gamey in flavour) Washed-rind cheeses such as Epoisses and Soumaintrain

Vinification and ageing:

Harvest takes place during the last week of October. Once fermentation is finished the wine is age for 14 months in French oak and Acacia barrels, out of which the 1st month the wine is with its lees.

Production:

200 cases (12 pack/750ml)

Location, Soil, Climate:

Organically grown vines planted from 1930. Tended in silica soil at 700 m (2,296 ft) elevation, which is 400ft higher than the vineyards of Rioja Alta. Average temperatura during the Aptil - October growing season: 16.3C (61.5F). Annual rainfall: 465 mm (18.3').

Tasting notes:

Bright yellow-gold. Powerful citrus and orchard fruit aromas are enlivened by fennel, ginger, chamomile and iodine. Palate-staining Meyer lemon and pear skin flavors show a refreshingly bitter quality and a hint of smokiness. Powerful yet lithe wine with a jolt of spiciness sharpening the very long, incisive, citrussy finish.

Alcohol Content:

12.0%

UPC Code:

8437013189996

Alberto Orte





All photos: Friederike Paetzold