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Bhilar Plots Blanco Rioja Alavesa 2017

Bodegas Bhilar is a boutique winery located in Elvillar, Rioja Alavesa, run by husband and wife team, David Sampedro and Melanie Hickman. Their goal is to make terroir-driven wines with soul, respect the land, work only with indigenous grapes, and to share their unique wines with good people with positive energy.

Vineyards have dominated the landscape of Elvillar for centuries. The limestone-rich soils, while unable to support other types of agriculture, have been vital to supporting vines which impart a certain elegance, power, and freshness to the grapes grown here. The village wines of Bodegas Bhilar are produced only from grapes grown in Elvillar and are vinified in the same location, just a few kilometers from the vineyards. Local knowledge and a strong geographic delineation are what gives the wines their unique character.

The wines of Bodegas Bhilar showcase the characteristics of the high-altitude, cool climate vineyards of Elvillar, Rioja Alavesa. Sourcing grapes from one farmer in Elvillar, David works closely with him to adopt sustainable production by reducing yields and the number of conventional treatments in the vineyards. Under David´s guidance, he has transformed his vineyards and adopted their philosophy of sustainable viticulture, reducing the number of treatments and controlling production.

The grapes are destemmed and placed in a concrete tank where alcoholic fermentation starts naturally with the skins. After fermentation, the wine is pressed and placed in French oak barrels for 6 months.

This wine is made using 90% Viura, 10% Garnacha Blanca.

The wine is austere, mineral and sharp in character as often found in this area. The acidity of this high-altitude white is impressive, with 50% malolactic fermentation adding some creamy notes to the fresh, zesty, citrus and orange peel flavours.

Bottle Size: 75cl
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Grape Variety: Viura | Garnacha Blanca
Product Code: SPRI1050B17S