Young White Wine
Alto Aragón, Barbenuta–Huesca
Riesling, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer
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Region: Alto Aragón, Barbenuta–Valle de Tena–Biescas
Bottle: 75 cl
Grape Varieties: Riesling, Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer
Type: Young Natural White Wine
Alcohol Volume: 12 %
Serving Temperature: 8º - 11º
Production: El Vino de las Nieves blanco is the young white wine from Bodegas Bal Minuta, a High-mountain wine, produced from a blend of Riesling, Chardonnay and Gewürzstraminer sourced from own vineyards located at Barbenuta, a small village in the Valle de Tena of the Aragonese Pyrenees, vines growing at more than 1300 meters of altitude which makes them the highest so far of the Iberian Peninsula, here the vines are under extreme temperature conditions, which adds freshness and vibrant acidity to the wine, ideally suited conditions to the Riesling and Gewürztraminer varieties. Fermented in stainless steel vats on its fine lees, the Riesling ferments in oak barrel, afterwards the wine will rest for 1 to 2 months in bottle before being released. It does not contain added sulphites. The production is very limited, just 900 bottles produced. Natural wine: SO2 > 8 mg/l.
The vineyards are farmed ecologically, and the wines are protected under the "Ordesa-Viñamala Biosphere Reserve". The Vino de las Nieves, both, white and red are included within the stamp of Quality of the Project de “Vignerons Independientes de Huesca”, a project that brings together a group of small, unique and original wine projects of the Alto Aragón region.
Bodegas Bal Minuta is a young and small project run by a passionate and talented young couple, Pilar Gracia and Ernest Guasch, both enthusiastic oenologists with a formidable curriculum of experience and youthful passion that shows in their winemaking. After their enology studies in the URV in Tarragona, they have gone through the experience of working in different vineyards in different parts of the world and it was in 2012 when they embarked on their own project, settling at the old family home of Pilar’s grandmother in Barbenuta, a very small village in the municipal district of Biescas (Huesca) in the Aragonese Pyrenees, a village set in an idyllic location at 1300 meters of altitude, here, on the family land, they had planted their vines between 850 and 1350 meters, which makes them so far, the highest vines on the Iberian Peninsule. They work white varieties of central European origin like Riesling, Gewürzstraminer and Chardonnay and also red varieties like Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc which are ecologically farmed, they do not employ insecticides, herbicides or fungicides using those permitted only by the organic agriculture as organic fertilizers and natural products. Their first vintage come out in 2015 and since then, Bal Minuta has established itself in the market with its small production and growing steadily. Today beside the vineyard at Barbenuta, they have also recovered a small vineyard planted with centenarian Grenache vines, located in the village of Embún in El Valle de Hecho, at an altitude of 850 meters above sea level, from here comes the Viña Balen, a 100% Old Grenache wine. Also, they work 1.5 ha of vines in the village of Rapún, near Sabiñanigo, here, they have recovered an old vineyard and replanted with chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, Tempranillo and merlot.
Tasting Notes: White fruit, citrus notes, mineral with a slight herbaceous touch. On the palate is all freshness, lively acidity, flavourful and beautifully balanced.
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