Wine Advocate 93 points – The 2014 Old Vines #3 is pure unfortified Moscatel from a single vineyard planted in 1908 on a steep north-facing plot, bottled with 4.53% alcohol, 353 grams of sugar and nine grams of acidity that provides incredible freshness and balance. It fermented in barrel for 35 months and was bottled into 1,812 bottles in August 2017. It has a lot lower alcohol than in previous years, a lot more sugar and a much darker color, really dark amber, even darker than the Esencia. Its low alcohol has caused the wine to be denied the appellation of origin. The sugar made the wine stop fermenting and it finished like this, which hopefully the appellation will accept in the future. There are some toffee and smoky aromas, it’s very sweet and dense, with a luscious mouthfeel and a different profile from previous vintages..December/2017
Malaga #3 Seleccion Old Vines is made with a selection of muscat vineyards that are from 80 to more than 100 years old, within the municipality of Almachar. The harvest, which is manual, is carried out in the middle of August; after several manual selections, the bunches go through yet another selection before being pressed. Fermentation is carried out in French oak barrels. As is characteristic of this wine, its alcohol content is derived solely from the fermentation of the grapes; this is stopped by cooling once the desired level of alcohol is reached.
Jorge Ordonez has a full project in the impressive slate slopes of Malaga where the Moscatel de Alejandria produces a range of wines from sparkling to dry, sweet and super sweet. This is one of the zones I need to visit in the future to bring you all some photos of those really unique vineyards. – Luis Gutierrez, WA