Nose: Very expressive, high pitched, floral and chalky aromas.
Palate: This powerhouse, gutsy white wine will bring things to mind flavors similar to Grand Cru Chablis, single vineyard Pouilly-Fuissé wines and northern Rhone whites.
Vinification: Jose Luis Mateo is a fantastic winemaker that every wine lover should be keeping their eye on. Organically grown (certified) single vineyard planted in 1987. Partially whole-cluster fermented in stainless steel and part in an oval oak foudre, all with indigenous yeasts. Aged for 8-9 months in 500-liter French oak barrels that are three years old, with an additional 6 months in stainless steel tank and 6 months in bottle before release.
This is completely unusual for Dona Blanca, which is used to produce light and fruit-driven wines and this one is much more profound, with great freshness and acidity and seems to have a long life ahead, given the acidity and minerality. The best Dona Blanca on earth! Purposely have 2 vintages of this wine because of its ability to age with grace. Only 650 (6 pack) cases produced.
Recommended Food Pairing: Fresh oysters, razor clams, shrimp; peaky toe crab and lobster.