In a nutshell:
A big, but elegant and pure oak aged white Rioja from a perfectionist producer.
White Rioja is less often seen than red and it's made in a variety of styles, both oaked and unoaked. Abel Mendoza makes quite a range of whites and is quite expert in getting the best out of them. This cuvée is made from 30 year old, 100% Viura vines, the Rioja region's main white grape. It's fermented and aged in new French oak barrels for a period of 5 months which gives it a fabulous nose of patisserie, orange, almond, honeycomb and citrus. There are touches of oak and subtle oxidised notes on the palate which mingle with bursts of intense, vibrant citrus fruit flavours. And it all leads up to a bright, smooth, silky and nicely lingering finish.
When to drink:
Subtle but with a real richness it's a great partner to meaty fish dishes, all manner of full flavoured cheeses and foie gras.
Suitable for Vegans, Biodynamic