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2018

*El Casetero*

Macabeo

Campo de Borja, Spain

Alc. 13 %

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$20.99
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$17.49
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This beautiful Macabeo comes to WineCollective from the Campo de Borja Denominación de Origen (DO) in Aragon, Northern Spain. This area is centred on the town of Borja that dates back to 5 century B.C. when it was settled by Celtiberians (tribes that were both Celtic and Iberian). There is a long history and tradition of winemaking in this region that began with the Romans and was then continued by Cistercian monks. The temperature varies considerably here between the seasons — as well as day and night — in this continental climate. There is little rain, but the threat of frost and hail is persistent through late Spring. Winemakers also find themselves combating the 'Cierzo' — a severe northern wind that is strong enough to cause considerable harm to vines. Cato the Elder, in the 2nd century BC, described Cierzo as, "a wind that fills your mouth and tumbles wagons and armed men."

El Casetero is the newest project from Spain's fourth ever Master of Wine, Fernando Mora. This Macabeo (also known as Viura) is 100% dry farmed, hand harvested, and stainless steel fermented. The name is an homage to a 13th century Benedictine monk who left the monastery because he felt the wine rations were insufficient. So, cheers to El Casetero — who chose to leave the safety of monastic life to pursue his true passion: wine!

Look

Pale to medium straw colour with luminous edges and hints of green. Transparent throughout the core.

Smell

Clean, crisp, and refreshing; intermingling aromas of apples and pears with notes of lime peel emerge from the glass. We find floral hints of flowering herbs like thyme that bring to mind a small herb garden. Stone fruits like underripe peaches are rounded off with a slight wet stone minerality.

Taste

An intense fruit-forward initiation on the palate with apricot, peach, and nectarine stone fruits that are pleasantly cut with ripe citrus notes of lime. The medium body is complemented by a mouth-watering acidity with a lengthy finish that reminds us of the taste of eating an apricot on a warm summer day. The wet stone mineral elements are equally pronounced on the palate with slight tarragon spice tone, which lends a depth and complexity to this crushable vino!

Pairing

Pair with your favourite seafood dishes — especially white fish with a cream sauce. Roasted vegetables like carrots and parsnips would also be a hit!

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