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Alvar de Dios Hernandez

Vagüera 2015


$51.00 per bottle | $306.00 case of 6

(plus tax and bottle deposit)

Vagüera is a single 0.5 ha parcel of mixed vines located at 900–950 meters above sea level just outside the border of Toro in the village of El Maderal.

There is a bewildering array of varieties planted here dating back to 1921. It is mostly Albillo in its various guises: Albillo Real, Albillo Rojo and Albillo Negro. Other recognizable varieties include several types of Moscatel, Godello, Verdejo, Palomino and Malvasia. (The remainder have yet to be identified!)

The clusters were pressed, then the juice was allowed to settle and ferment in barrique with indigenous yeasts. The wine was then matured in a 300-liter oak barrel for ten months followed by one month in stainless steel.

On the nose, there is a mixture of flowers and herbs, with a touch of fennel and beeswax. Freshness is provided by the high altitude. Subtle complexity is the result of the use of a wide mix of varieties. As there is Moscatel in the vineyard, there is a distinct touch of this grape in the wine.

Vaguera has a lot of character. It’s tasty and finishes with a saline sensation.

Alcohol: 13.5%