Denominacion de Origen
D.O. Sierras de Málaga
Vélez-Málaga, Axarquía, Málaga
A proprietary single vineyard located in the Axarquía planted in 2012 with vine cuttings of old Garnacha vineyards in Calatayud. The vineyards in Málaga are the most extreme in all of Europe. The mountainside vineyards are planted at inclinations of up to 70°. There is no terracing, ladders, or mechanization to assist with the harvest. The vineyards are worked completely by hand. Most important,
Traditional dry farmed viticulture. Practicing organic gobelet (vaso) trained vines. Cultivated completely by hand, with minimal human intervention. The majority of the vines receive no treatments whatsoever. Many of the vineyards are planted directly into the rock (slate) immediately after the phylloxera.
No organic matter or agricultural soil to speak of. Solid slate rock and decomposed slate with a small percentage of white quartz.
Mediterranean climate. Temperatures reach an average high of 86° F (30° C) in the summer and an average low of 46° F (8° C) in the winter. Rainfall is extremely scarce, only reaching a level of 400 mm per year.
Primary fermentation in 5T open top fermenters. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in neutral 600L French oak demi-muids.
Eight months in neutral 600L French oak demi-muids.
This wine is the result of Jorge Ordóñez Malaga's goal to produce a quality Garnacha from the mountains of Málaga, from a single vineyard planted with vine cuttings from Calatayud. Like many of the vineyards in the Axarquía, it is planted on extremely steep decomposed slate and quartz slopes. This vineyard was planted next to our oldest and steepest vineyard, typically used for the sweet wines, called El Panderón. Like El Panderón, this vineyard of Garnacha faces inland, away from the Mediterranean. The combination of the steepness and exposition means very little exposure to sunlight, resulting in a slow and delicate ripening of the Garnacha that yields a fragrant, delicate, lower alcohol, and ethereal wine. The minerality from slate soils and complexity of the old clones from Calatayud mark the wine substantially.