Jorge Ordóñez Málaga

N°3 Old Vines

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2018 Vintage

98pts

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2018 Vintage

94pts

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2016 Vintage

98pts

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Denominacion de Origen

D.O. Málaga & D.O. Sierras de Málaga

Location

Alta Axarquía, the most historic subzone D.O. Málaga

Varietal

100% Muscat of Alexandria. The oldest variety in the Muscat family and one of the few remaining genetically unmodified vitis vinifera cultivars remaining in the world today. The Phoenicians transplanted this grape from Alexandria, Egypt to Málaga approximately 2,600 years ago.

Vineyards

Monte Faco & El Panderón. 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.

Year(s) Planted

1902 and 1908

Viticulture

Traditional dry farmed viticulture. Practicing organic gobelet (vaso) trained vines. Cultivated completely by hand, and grapes are carried up the mountain with the assistance of mules. The majority of the vines receive no treatments whatsoever and minimal human intervention. Many of the vineyards are planted directly into the rock (slate).

Soils

No organic matter. Solid slate rock and decomposed slate with a small percentage of white quartz.

Climate

Extremely dry Mediterranean climate with 120-150 mm of rainfall per year. The Axarquia is at high elevation which results in extreme diurnal shifts in the summer allowing for long and balanced maturation. Our vineyard sites are north facing.

Winemaking

The grapes are arranged one layer deep in small boxes that are stacked in a cool room in the winery for further drying. Rigorous selection of the late harvest, dried grapes on a selection table. The dried grapes are pressed and the must is immediately transferred to 1x 600L French oak barrels for fermentation and ageing. 355 g R.S. 15 kg of grapes required to make 375 ml of wine.

Aging

20 months sur lie large format 600L French oak barrels.

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