The winner and the runner up: Botani 2017 and Mountain Blanco 2015
The Malaga Wine Guide congratulates Botani 2017 and Mountain Blanco 2015 as the winner and runner up of our wine tasting of dry moscatel wines at Venta El Detalle on the 16th of February. 31 Persons attended the winetasting and judged a selection of 12 dry white wines made from Moscatel de Alejandria.
The moscatel grape is of course best known for its sweet wines, but because of the height of the vineyards and the improved winemaking techniques, there are now also beautiful, dry, fresh wines made in the province of Malaga. It has even become a true trend with many bodegas, especially from the Axarquia and Manilva who produce them. Ideal accompanist of Eastern and other strong spicy food, with asparagus dishes and also fine as an aperitif.
Moscatel de Alejandria is the queen of the many moscatel grape varieties that are exist. It is the only original, non-genetically cross over Muscat grape, as it was cultivated in and around Alexandria in ancient Egypt. The grape was brought to southern Spain some 3000 years ago by Phoenician trading. The grape produces strongly aromatic wines with many fruit and floral notes. Especially floral, jasmine, orange blossom, hint of honey and sometimes some almond or hazelnut. Delicious ripe white fruit, such as melon and peach with hidden citrus notes of grapefruit. Slightly bitter in the aftertaste.
Botani 2017 cepas viejas by Bodega Jorge Ordoňez from Velez-Malaga. This bodega was the first bodega that made a dry wine from Moscatel de Alejandria in the province and this has caused a stir inside and outside the country. The grapes come from old vines, planted between 1902 and 1974 on the steep slopes of the Axarquia. It creates an intense muscatel aroma and taste and a wine that is slightly more ‘afrutado’ than many of its kind from the region. Aromatic young fresh wine, full of ripe white fruit with rose and jasmine as floral notes. Long aftertaste.
92 Robert Parker.
Mountain Blanco 2015
Moscatel Seco from the famous winemaker Telmo Rodriquez. Vineyards around Archez and Competa, on the south, south-east flanks at 500 height. Facing south, south east. Gorgeous almost creamy moscatel expression with nice acidity. The 2014 version received 92 Parker points.