Verdevique Vigireigo Barrica 2016
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Verdevique, Granada (Spain). 13.3%, 750ml.
Every now and then a wine comes along that makes you think, "wow, I haven't tried anything like this before." This is one of those wines that makes it a pleasure to work in the the drinks game.
Everything about this wine is fascinating. It's from a vineyard that is 1400m above sea level at points, yet only 6km from the sea! It's impossible to do anything mechanical up here so harvest is worked manually by mule. Verdevique operates with a focus on reviving indigenous grape varietals from the region, in this case: Virireigo.
The wine is harvested late in the season giving a full, viscous body, it is aged in old oak barrels for 6 months that are not topped up. This gives the wine an oxidative edge and at points during the wines elevage it develops a layer of flor like a Sherry.
All the above create a truly unique tasting wine- with complex savoury notes like a sherry and the texture of a sweet wine without the sweetness. It also tastes somehow spiritous with some rancio notes like an aged cognac.