WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE? This wine presents the best of both worlds: the Malvar grape combines the acidity of Sauvignon Blanc with the body of an unoaked Chardonnay. 90% of Vinos de Madrid DO wines are made from organically grown grapes. The vineyards are old vine, dry farmed, tended organically and are head pruned in the traditional manner. If you like litchi fruit, try Zestos Blanco!
GRAPE: 100% Malvar. Vines planted in 1950. Tended in clay and limestone soil at 645 m (2,116 ft) elevation
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: This full-bodied, fresh, crisp white will turn your head with its assertive stone fruit, white peach and fresh apricot aromas and fresh, easy drinking character. This dry white has a small note of alluring sweetness. Zestos Blanco will pair excellently with wrapped sandwiches, sushi, chicken kabobs, chicken burritos and just about any fresh shellfish or seafood you can think of, especially swordfish, sea bass and monkfish. This is also a perfect white to enjoy with hors d’oeuvres or by itself.
VINIFICATION AND AGEING: The must is macerated for 12 hours and fermented at a cold temperature of 50°F for 20 days. Fermentation occurs half in stainless steel tanks and half in cement. Fermentation in cement allows for the softest process of micro-oxygenation. For aging, the wine sees no oak; rather it is aged in stainless steel tanks. To retain the Malvar grape’s crisp, fresh aromas and clean stone fruit flavors on the palate, stainless steel is a neutral vessel that doesn’t introduce any additional aromas or flavors.
PRODUCTION: 1,500 cases
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE: The vineyards are located in Zone 7, southeast of Madrid in the town of Arganda del Rey, within the Arganda subregion, at 645 m ( 2,116 ft) elevation. The poor clay and limestone soils with sandy subsoil yield concentrated, small grapes with balanced sugar and acidity. For climate, the average temperature from April-October is 66.7ºF with 20.1 inches of yearly rainfall in Arganda. The southern Continental climate has hot days and cool nights, crucial to the slower, balanced ripening of the grapes.
TASTING NOTES: Fragrant bouquet. Fleshy, focused and dry on the palate, offering incisive orange pith and green apple flavors and a repeating gingery quality. Closes taut, stony and long, with a suave floral nuance lingering. Offers impressive clarity and vivacity for the price. Malvar is an indigenous variety that can produce low-acid, flabby wines if it's grown in an area that's too warm, but these vines, which date back to 1950.
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 12.5%
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Zestos means 'basket' in English. Not too many years ago, baskets like the ones depicted on these labels were used to transport grapes from the vineyard to the wineries. If you love red wines of tension that exhibit purity and finesse or white wines of complexity and tremendous value you will find Bodega Zestos to be your new love. In the words of Robert M. Parker, Jr, the most influential wine critic in the world, Zestos is "A staggering value".
Zestos produces from organically grown Malvar vines 35+ years of age and Garnacha vines that were planted in 1969 in the high elevation vineyards of San Martin de Valdeiglesias – northwest of Madrid. Zestos also produces wines in the southeast region of Madrid in the town of Arganda del Rey, within the Arganda subregion