Jeb Dunnuck 95
"More exotic, with an incredible flowery, exotic, peachy, lychee, and orange blossom scented profile, the 2016 Victoria #2 is incredible on the palate as well. It takes 25 pounds of grapes to make a single bottle of this beauty, which is thick, unctuous, and decadent, yet still glides across the palate. The purity is off the charts here. This is a gorgeous, gorgeous dessert wine. Like the No 1 Selección Especial, this cuvée is 100% Moscatel de Alejandría from the Málaga region." Jeb Dunnuck 3/1/2018
Honey, candied fruits, white flowers, and distinct minerality. Opulent mouth feel balanced out by bright acidity.
100% Muscat of Alexandria. One of the oldest clones of the Muscat family and one of the only remaining genetically unmodified vitis vinifera cultivars remaining in the world today. The seafaring Phoenicians transplanted this grape from Alexandria, Egypt to Málaga 3,000 years ago.
Traditional dry farmed viticulture. Organic Gobelet trained vines. Cultivated completely by hand, with minimal human intervention. The majority of the vines receive no treatments whatsoever. The vineyards are naturally fertilized by the region’s goats and mules.
Mountain vineyards planted without terraces at inclinations of up to 70%. Slate and white quartz soils.
Climate Mediterranean climate. Temperatures reach an average high of 86° F (30° C) in the summer and an average low of 46° F (8° C) in the winter. Rainfall is extremely scarce, only reaching a level of 400 mm per year. Harvest The harvest is very extreme and begins in September. Workers hand harvest the grapes from the mountainside vineyards that can reach 70% inclination. This inclination, combined with the slippery slate and quartz soils, make this a very dangerous and tedious process. Mules are used to carry the grapes up the mountainsides. The grapes are harvested and transported to the winery in small 10 kg boxes.
Winemaking- Late harvest followed by rigorous selection on a sorting table. The grapes
are dried on mats in the winery by the warm sea breeze. Fermentation in stainless steel by wild yeast.
Ageing 8 months sur lie in stainless steel.
Natural clarification in tank. 24,000 375 mL. bottles.
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"Bodegas Jorge Ordóñez Málaga, located in Ordóñez's hometown, was founded in 2004. A partnership between Ordóñez and the Kracher family of Austria, the winery was founded with the goal of resuscitating the centuries long tradition of winemaking in Málaga, which was destroyed by the phylloxera plague in the 19th century. It was Jorge's dream to champion his home region and restore it to its former glory.
The winery has more than accomplished its goal by producing the Spain's first and best dry Moscatel de Alejandría, Botani, and by reviving the tradition of unfortified sweet wine making in Málaga. Our series of sweet wines, N˚s 1 through 4, are amongst the finest in the world, and are produced in the style of the unfortified sweet wines of Málaga that were internationally renowned in the 17th through 19th centuries. In 2012, N˚2 Victoria became the first Spanish wine ever served at a Nobel Prize dinner.
Jorge Ordóñez Málaga produces its dry and sweet wines from Muscat of Alexandria, the oldest clone worldwide of the Muscat varietal. This is the original Muscat, which was originally cultivated extensively around Alexandria, Egypt, and planted in Málaga by Phoenician traders 3,000 years ago. Muscat of Alexandria is one of the world's only remaining ancient (genetically uncrossed) grape varieties and the most important for commercial wine production. The Muscat of Alexandria vineyards used by Jorge Ordóñez Málaga were planted between 1902 and 1974 on un-terraced mountainside vineyards. The vineyards of Málaga are perhaps the most extreme and dangerous in Europe, due to the decomposed slate soils, and inclines of up to 70˚. The vast majority of steep vineyards in Europe have terraces or are mechanized in some way to protect workers and assist with harvest. The vineyards in Málaga have remained untouched. All pruning and harvesting is done by hand, and mules carry six 15kg boxes up the slopes at a time. An absolutely heroic form of viticulture.
In order to work with grapes that have high acidity, Jorge Ordóñez Málaga exclusively works with mountainside vineyards that are oriented away from the Mediterranean. In such a warm, dry climate, most grapes would completely lack balancing acidity. Furthermore, most of the winery's vineyards are located at above 700m above sea level.
Jorge Ordóñez Málaga is also the headquarters for all of Grupo Jorge Ordóñez. Please read more about the rich and extensive history of Málaga on the Denominación de Origen page."