Botani Old Vines Moscatel, Sierras de Málaga, Spain, 2016

Botani Old Vines Moscatel, Sierras de Málaga, Spain, 2016 - Merchant of Wine

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Overview of the Wine

Jorge Ordóñez is Toro’s most important modern pioneer. When Jorge first travelled to Toro in 1991 he discovered no more than five cooperative wineries. He also found acres of incredible pre-phylloxera vineyards, planted on their original rootstock. In 1995, Jorge first travelled to Toro with the Eguren family of Rioja, in hopes of founding a winery with them. In 1997, Bodegas Numanthia was founded by Jorge and the Eguren family, and become an icon for this historic region and the production of world class wines from authentic vineyards. By the time Jorge and his associates sold Numanthia to LVMH in 2007, there were 85 other wineries in D.O. Toro attempting to emulate the success of Numanthia.

After the sale of Numanthia, Jorge founded Bodegas Ordóñez, his personal project in D.O. Toro. One of the wines produced by Bodegas Ordóñez, Triton, is considered by many to be Toro’s finest value. As Ordóñez himself says, it is an honor and privilege to produce wines from the oldest clones of Tempranillo, planted and cared for with the most traditional methods of viticulture. At Bodegas Ordóñez, Jorge pioneers and champions D.O. Toro as one of the world’s finest red wine regions.

Toro is a special region for Jorge and the rest of Jorge Ordóñez Selections, because it is the perhaps the region that best embodies the Ordóñez philosophy – producing wine from the oldest clones of Spain’s indigenous varieties. The local indigenous grape, Tinta de Toro, is Spain’s oldest and most original clone of Tempranillo. It produces the deepest, most intense expression of Tempranillo in Spain, and it is a grape with a noble history that should be heralded. Bodegas Ordóñez produces wine from ungrafted, head trained, and dry farmed vineyards of Tinta de Toro planted in 1900, 1916, 1946, and 1962.
Destemmed and whole cluster pressed in a pneumatic press. The must is fermented in 15,000L stainless steel temperature-controlled tanks.

Grape / Blend

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 2,800 years ago).


Sierras de Málaga, Spain

Tasting Notes

The recovery of the hydric balance of the soil and moderate temperatures slowed down the ripening process and produced healthy and balanced fruit. Vibrant straw color. A unique wine characterized by expressive aromatics of lychee, fresh stone fruit, white flowers.

90 Points - Wine Advocate

"The dry 2016 Botani Moscatel Old Vines fermented in stainless steel and was kept in contact with the lees for seven months. This is one of the new dry Muscats that is very good to have with Asian fusion cuisine.

It has the very recognizable aromas of the variety with orange blossom and Moscatel pulp. It has a serious style (the second year like this) with very good freshness—it has the same pH as an Albariño—and a dry, sharp finish. This evolves in bottle in a style that can remind you of a Riesling. 72,000 bottles produced."

89 Points - Wine Enthusiast 
A light color and classic aromas of white flowers, citrus blossom and wet stones open this dry Moscatel from Málaga. A lean, crisp palate with lime-like acidity deals flavors of lime, lychee and white pineapple. A low-volume but racy finish is fresh and tangy. -Michael Schachner  


Product size: 750ml

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