Zestos 2016 Blanco (Malvar), Vinos de Madrid DO
Item Number: 10404
Sub Region: Madrid
Appellation/AVA: Vinos de Madrid DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Malvar
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Clay and limestone soils with sandy subsoil
Elevation: 2,116 feet
Case Production: 1,500
Malvar Grape: This wine presents the best of both worlds: the Malvar grape combines the acidity of Sauvignon Blanc with the body of an unoaked Chardonnay. Malvar is a rare grape that is indigenous to the Iberian Peninsula, and it is the principal white variety of the Madrid wine region. In 2008 Spain had a total of 266 ha (657 acres) of land under vine.
Vineyard Notes: The Malvar vines are organically farmed as well as dry farmed. The vines are head pruned. Vines are very old as they were planted between 1950 and 1975.
Vinification: Maceration lasts for 12 hours. Fermentation occurs half in stainless steel and half in cement at cold temperatures for 20 days. The wine sees no oak; rather, it is aged in stainless steel tanks. To retain the Malvar grape's crisp, fresh aromas and clean stone fruit flavors on the palate, stainless steel is a neutral vessel that doesn't introduce any additional aromas or flavors.
Tasting Notes: This full-bodied, fresh, crisp white will turn your head with its assertive stone fruit, white peach and fresh apricot aromas and fresh, easy drinking character. It displays lychee, nectarine and orange scents. Fleshy, focused and dry on the palate, Zestos offers incisive orange pith and green apple flavors and a repeating gingery quality. It finishes smooth and broad, with good cling. Zestos Blanco will pair with sushi, chicken kabobs, chicken burritos and just about any fresh shellfish or seafood you can think of, especially swordfish, sea bass and monkfish. This is also a perfect white to enjoy with hors d'oeuvres or by itself.