The Ordinez family are in charge of many great wineries that represent all the major wine regions of Spain including Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Rias Baixas and more. What makes this 2004 venture more special than most is that is has some involvement with the Austrian sweet wine genius Alois Kracher. That fact in itself is worth the price of admission, but then you get to drink the lovely wine too.
A naturally sweet wine sourced from 40 year old vineyards at about 400m above sea level. Like the best wines of Malaga this No. 1 Seleccion manages to combine a beautiful melange of grapeyness (it is a Muscat after all) sweet tropical fruits, floral notes, spices and musk. The palate is quite sweet but has acidity, phenolic grip and minerality to balance out the sweetness. These wines are so magical and harmonious that you don’t want to stop drinking them. Ordonez suggest serving this with savoury starters at meal time and I suggest drinking it when you want something indulgent. It may age well, but why wait?
D.O Malaga – Featured on the central Southern Coast of Spain in the Andalucía region. There are five sub-regions of note that make the naturally sweet wines from Muscat of Alexandria grapes sun-dried on straw mats. Higher altitude growing means the grapes retain acid to balance the sugar and high tone Muscat aromatics. They are a style to themselves that must be tasted more than once.
Muscat Of Alexandra/Moscatel – The same variety that makes Moscato d’Asti, Muscat Beaumes de Venice and Australian Muscat. The naturally high sugar and acid in the grape made it a robust and therefore popular wine before sanitation was properly understood. The balance and highly aromatic nature of the grape makes it a beautiful variety for sweeter wines.