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CVNE Monopole Clasico Blanco MAGNUM 2014 has the most interesting story behind it. The cool thing about this wine its the process and its history. Uniquely its a blend of Viura and Palomino. With the Palomino component being Manzanilla and brought up from Cadiz. This addition gives the Classico an amazingly complex aromatic profile. Which integrates perfectly with the Viura.
Upon pouring, the wine is bright gold with loads of aroma. It's actually pretty intense on the nose with so many layers of flavours. Dried apple, nuts, yoghurt, blossom and bready tones. The palate is bone dry and fresh. Concentrated layers upfront and then the texture hits. Mouthwatering lemon, apple and yoghurt and one hell of a length.
Viura grapes are hand-harvested, crushed and softly pressed. The juice then goes straight into concrete vats for fermentation. After the ferment, the juice spends 8 months on its lees in oak. The Oak regime is a mix of 300-litre and 500-litre barrels which have been used at least 3 times. This neutralises some of the oak flavours. The lees ageing allows the wine to soften, develop texture and concentration. In addition to the Viura, a small amount of Manzanilla is added. The Manzanilla is made using the traditional methods where the wine is biologically aged under a layer of flor yeast.
The vintage cycle was around 165 days long, what does this mean? It means from budburst in spring, to harvesting in late summer took 165 days. 2014 was classified as 'Good' in Rioja. It was a dry winter that led into a rainy spring, however. Summer temperatures were slightly above average and very dry. As a result, the vegetative cycle was delayed.
The history of this wine is super unique. A forgotten style that was popular in the '60s revived in late 2012. The original winemaker of this style was still alive. So they brought him to get his thoughts on this style to try to hit the quality they had all those years ago.