Juice 2018 Bodegas Bhilar, Plots Blanco, Rioja D.O.C, SPA
Grape 90% Viura, 10% Garnacha Blanca
Farming Practising Biodynamic, Vegan
Tasting Note A complex profile of orange peel, mixed herbs, ginger and yellow citrus with hints of marzipan and cream. The palate has a deep mineral core, wonderful focus and tension provided by the limestone soils.
Everyone thought David Sampedro Gil was mad when he began farming bio-dynamically back in 1999. His overgrown, weed-covered plots looked nothing like those of his neighbours, who were sure that he was smothering them. Yet, in fact, it was all a stage of his plan to revive the overworked land, by eliminating chemicals and reintroducing biodiversity to his vineyards. In 2014, he replaced tractors with horses, reasoning that by using these to travel to his vineyards, he was "able to see the health of the vines, the soils, the ecosystem - whereas riding inside a tractor, you can't even see the grapes."
David and his team aim to achieve three things in their wines: a sense of place, definitive character, and provocative expression. Every one of Bhilar's wines has wonderful elegance, freshness and hints of herbal influence. David's commitment to sustainability extends beyond the vineyard; the cellar and winery both exclusively use solar power, and are built partially underground to help control temperature.
Keeping with the Spanish theme, Rioja Blanco pairs wonderfully with both seafood and chicken Paella along with a variety of tapas. Think grilled Octopus, Serrano Jamon, Aged Manchego, Almonds, Olives, Fresh Zesty Salads and herbaceous and or grassy, green flavours such as Asparagus or grilled and roasted white flesh fish with mojo verde (green sauce). This particular expression will also lend itself to spicy foods like grilled Padron Peppers.