DO Navarra, Vega Sindoa, 2018
Golden yellow with brilliant green tinge. On the nose, vanilla, apple, caramel and peach. The aromatic qualities of Chardonnay spring out with great aplomb. On palate the structure is creamy yet has a lot of freshness. Power and balance make drinking this wine a moment of pleasure.
|Origin:||Spanien / Navarra|
|Ripening potential:||2 to 6 years|
|Serving temperature:||10 to 12 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Roast veal with morel sauce, Wild fowl, Mussels au gratin|
|Vinification:||(short) pellicular fermentation, fermentation in wooden barrel, fermentation at low temperatures, saignée|
|Maturation:||in used barriques, bâtonnage|
Spain – Variety and perfection
“Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember...,” begins Don Quixote's odyssey.
The most famous part is definitely when Don Quixote thinks windmills are his enemy and wants to fight them – until they nearly kill him. It’s possible there was a bit too much of the La Mancha wine at play. Spanish vines fight for their survival in rugged landscapes, battling fierce drought and rough soils. But they fight well.
Navarre: a land of many terroirs
Until 1841, Navarre was an independent kingdom with a rich wine culture. Thanks to varying soil types and equally diverse climatic influences, Navarra has an amazing array of wines. The spectrum ranges from substantial Chardonnays to drinkable rosés to red wines, where international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot often set the tone along with Tempranillo and Garnacha. Exquisite sweet wines from Moscatel grapes are also vinified here.
Bodegas Vega Sindoa
The vineyards for the Vega Sindoa wines are in the heart of Navarre, in the Valle de Nekeas, the valley where the wine lives, as the locals say. The 6th leg of the pilgrim’s path to Santiago de Compostela leads through this charming hilly landscape, where wine has been grown for centuries.
In this area, protected to the north by the Pyrenees, a wide variety of vines – Chardonnay, Viura, Moscatel, Viognier, Tempranillo, Cabernet, Merlot, Garnacha, Syrah and Malbec – enjoy superb climactic and soil conditions. The climate is shaped both by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The vineyards are situated at altitudes between 450 and 650 metres above sea level, with varying orientations and on very different soils. This wide variety of factors helps to ensure that the individual grape varieties are planted to grow in perfect harmony with their environment.
King or beggar?
Hardly any variety of vine shows such a broad spectrum of quality as the Chardonnay. Its wines range from faceless neutrality to breath-taking class. It is an extremely low-maintenance vine, which explains why it is grown around the world – even in places where it probably should not be. The aromas of the Chardonnay variety are not very pronounced: a bit of green apple, a little hazelnut; in warmer latitudes, also melon and exotic fruits. The wines are often defined by maturing in casks. They develop more or less subtle notes of butter, toasted bread and vanilla. The grapes achieve their highest expression in their region of origin, Burgundy. Its heart beats in the Côte de Beaune: one might think of the plant growth of Meursault or Puligny-Montrachet. With their finesse and complexity, they can survive for decades. Chardonnay also achieves first class in some Blanc-de-Blancs champagnes. It additionally yields great wines in the Burgundian Chablis, and increasingly in Australia and Chile. A simple rule of thumb for pairing with food: When butter and cream are involved, you cannot go wrong with Chardonnay.