La Horca 2019

Winery Rodriguez de Vera Vineyard Collectors

Region Alicante, Spain

Grapes Merseguera 80%, Native verietals 20%
ProfileOn the nose, the wine is fresh with aromas of lemon, mineral, sea salt, and Mediterranean spices. It is dry on the palate, with moderate acidity and body. The flavor has a moderate intensity with pleasant citrus nuances, a slight hint of aromatic herbs and a medium finish marked by a presence of spice, very well integrated into the wine.
Grape GrowingRodriguez de Vera bought 13 hectares in the Valencia DO within a natural preserve. The vineyards are 100 meters from the sea and the Mediterranean breeze has a definite influence on the grapes. Everything is dry farmed, and the yields are minuscule at just 1,000 kg/ha. The harvest is in the second half of August.
WinemakingThe grapes are fermented with native yeasts inside of 500L French Barriques. The barriques are left over from the production of Cantueso Liqueur and impart a distinctive herbal aroma. The maturation in barrel is over the course of 8 months.
More About the WineCantueso liqueur is a specialty of the region of Alicanté. It is made by the distillation of Lavandula flowers and stems, typically to 25-30% abv, with 100g/L of sugar. After fermentation is spirit has to rest for two months and then mature for two years in wood before release. It is quite sweet and viscous, and is typically enjoyed as a digestif. This is the first time I have encountered wine being aged in its' used casks!

Wine Data

Alc12.5

PH3.55

TA5,90/gl

RS1g/l

Sulfur27 mg/l

Soilsandy fossil dunes

Altitude0m

Vineyard Age65

Production Size208 cases

PairingPaella, Shrimp Scampi, Grilled Prawns, Grilled Turbot, Sardines, Squash, Zucchini, Roasted New Potatoes, Marinated Sweet Peppers Cuisines: Spanish, Coastal Mexican, Vegetarian, General Mediterranean

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