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Jorge Ordonez Number 1 Seleccion Especial (375ML half-bottle) 2015

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      Winemaker Notes

      Seleccion Especial is a late harvest wine made from vines that are over 40 years old. The mountainside vineyards are located in Axarquia between 400-750 m in elevation (1200-2250ft). The vineyards are bound by the Sierras Almijara and Tejeda in the north and the Mediterranean Sea in the south.

      This is an elegant yet structured wine that abounds in aromas of fresh oranges and exotic spices. It shows a golden color. Honey, candied fruits, and white flowers on the nose. An opulent mouth feel balanced out by bright acidity.

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      JD 93
      Jeb Dunnuck
      Made all from the Moscatel de Alejandría grape, the 2015 Selección Especial #1 is brilliant stuff. White peach, tangerine, and pineapple notes all emerge from this sexy, exuberant, sweetly fruited beauty. It has good acidity, awesome purity of fruit, and a clean, even elegant style, that makes it a joy to drink. It's going to be incredibly versatile and should work with tapas, cheese plates, or a fruit dessert. These are unfortified dessert wines and it takes 15 pounds of grapes to make a single bottle of this beauty.
      RP 91
      Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

      The 2015 Seleccion Especial (#1) comes from the steep slate mountain vineyards of Malaga, where the yields range from 0.36 to 0.40 tons of fruit per acre, all of it Muscat from the clone known as Muscat de Alexandria. This wine spent eight months on its lees in stainless steel. It has a light color and an extraordinary fragrant nose of exotic fruits and spring flowers followed by a zesty, light, but intense Muscat. The real challenge is what to compare this wine with. For my part, drinking it by itself as an aperitif, or at the end of a meal, seems the correct way to treat this complex, very intriguing and historic, slightly sweet wine. The candied fruit character and bright acidity balances out the wine's sweetness. So there is nothing cloying or heavy about it.

      WE 90
      Wine Enthusiast
      Don't let the near nonexistence of color fool you, because this is a nice racy-sweet Moscatel. Aromas of citrus peel and air freshener are mild, while this feels juicy. Tropical fruit and citrus flavors finish lean except for a touch of viscosity.
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      With the harvest of 2004, came the birth of the first bottles from our winery, located in the village of Almáchar, which lies nestled in the heart of the Axarquía region of Málaga. This mountainous region of steep slopes and slate soil near the Mediterranean is considered one of the oldest viticultural areas in Europe.

      Ours is the first winery to be established in the local area, which is not surprising since the traditional use for Muscat Alexandria grape is in the production of raisins. Though, perhaps, the most innovative aspect of our winemaking proposal was to entrust the elaboration of our wines to world-renowned Austrian winemaker, Alois Kracher, who is undoubtedly the number one in Austrian sweet wines. In addition Gerhard Kracher, who succeeded his father in 2008, a group of entrepreneurs from Málaga participate in the winery together with one of the most prominent Spanish wine importers in the US, Jorge Ordóñez, at the helm of this most original project, and his sister Victoria who is the general manager of the winery.

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      Known for bold reds, crisp whites and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place primary emphasis on its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally hot and dry. In the center of the country lies a vast, arid plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought.

      Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Rioja also produces rich, nutty whites from the local Viura grape.

      Ribera del Duero is gaining ground with its single varietal Tempranillo wines, recognized for their concentration of fruit and opulence. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, specializes in bold, full-bodied red blends of Garnacha (Grenache), Cariñena (Carignan), and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate.

      Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez.

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      Apart from the classics, we find many regional gems of different styles.

      Late harvest wines are probably the easiest to understand. Grapes are picked so late that the sugars build up and residual sugar remains after the fermentation process. Ice wine, a style founded in Germany and there referred to as eiswein, is an extreme late harvest wine, produced from grapes frozen on the vine, and pressed while still frozen, resulting in a higher concentration of sugar. It is becoming a specialty of Canada as well, where it takes on the English name of ice wine.

      Vin Santo, literally “holy wine,” is a Tuscan sweet wine made from drying the local white grapes Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia in the winery and not pressing until somewhere between November and March.

      Rutherglen is an historic wine region in northeast Victoria, Australia, famous for its fortified Topaque and Muscat with complex tawny characteristics.

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