2021 Nekeas El Rincon Chardonnay
Nekeas was established by a number of generational growers in the late 1980’s. Hit by hard times, low grape prices and high labour costs they were forced to pull up most of most of their vines during the 1960’s. However, with winemaking still flowing through their veins a group of landholders made the decision to pool some of their resources, embarking on a project to plant new vineyards and build a modern production facility.
Fruit for the ‘El Rincon’ Chardonnay is sourced from vineyards with an elevation of 600-650m (one of the highest, coolest wine corners of Spain with huge diurnal temperature swings). Fermentation is spontaneous in top quality French oak followed by three months of aging on fine lees.
Bright pale straw colour with a watery hue. Lifted ripe peach, apricot and honeycomb aromas fill the nostrils followed by some crème brulee and subtle toasty oak notes. Rich, creamy textured and mouth filling the palate features a concentrated flavour profile of ripe peaches, apricot and honeycomb over crème brulee, toasty oak and spicy nougat characters. Nicely balanced it finishes long, round and very moreish.
Drink over the next 2-3 years.