About This Wine
Al-Anda means Get going! or Get moving!, and this Muradella 'house blend' is a young white wine crafted from a range of small plots, or majuelos, scattered across Monterrei's three subzones. The rocky soils here are mainly composed of decomposed slate with granite and clay. The varieties planted are Doña Blanca, Treixadura, Verdello (Verdelho) and the magnificently named (after its large berries), Monstruosa. Each variety is vinified separately in stainless steel - this is one of the few Muradella wines that does not have any oak maturation - and fermentation occurs naturally. The Treixadura portion of the blend macerates on its skins for a few days. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, this is a delicious, all-cards-on-the-table, complex and refreshing dry white.
|Varietal(s)||Doña Blanca Treixadura Verdelho|
|Brand||Quinta da Muradella|
Wines of Spain
With 2.9 million acres of land planted in wine grapes, Spain is the most widely planted wine producing nation and second largest producer in the world. Many styles of wine are produced in the country most of which are based on native grape varietals.
The two most famous regions are Rioja and Ribera del Duero for their Tempranillo production. Rioja Tempranillo (the classic) will be lighter and fresher with red fruit flavours as compared to those from Ribera del Duero that are often deep purple, higher in alcohol with more tannins and intense black fruit character. Rioja is also known for producing Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from the indigenous Viura varietal.
In the Catalonia region, Spain is recognized for making a sparkling wine in the traditional method but using native grape varieties. This is called Cava. Priorat, a subregion within Catalonia specializes in making still red blends of Garnacha, Carignan and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon in a bold and full-bodied style. Together with Rioja, wines from Priorat have achieved DOCa/DOQ status signifying their quality.
Sherry is Spain’s famous fortified wine which can either be completely dry, lusciously sweet or somewhere in between. This is made in the southern region of Jerez.
Other notable Spanish wine styles include: Monastrell (AKA. Mataro/Mourvèdre), produced in the Jumilla region and refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo from north western Galacia.
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