The well-structured Viura (aka Macabeo) grapes provide the perfect backbone and acidity to the fresh, citrus aromas of the delicately floral Muscat (Moscatel de Alejandría). Artiga Viura-Muscat is a dry, medium-bodied and easy-drinking wine, with a smooth palate feel that gives way to a pleasantly round long-lasting finish.
Food Matching Pasta and noodles, fish and shellfish, tapas.
Grape variety Viura (95%), Muscat (5%)
Terroir The vines have an average age of 35 years. The first vineyard is situated outside the small town of Borja, in Spain's central plains. The second is located further south, in the Tierra de Castilla region. Cold winters and long, hot summers facilitate the production of healthy grapes, with a long ripening cycle.
Climate Fiercely cold winters, with icy winds. Summers are long hot, with scant rainfall.
Geology The loose, rocky soils provide excellent aeration and drainage. The soils abound in limestone and offer very low levels of organic material. The result is Borja's characteristically small, bush vines.
Harvest The grapes are picked by hand in October. Once picked, they are taken directly to our winery in small 15kg boxes for processing.
Vinification The grapes are picked by hand in mid-October. Once at the winery, each variety is fermented separately in stainless-steel tanks. The temperature is controlled initially at 25C and reaches 30C after 21 days. The wines are stored on their less and blended prior to bottling. The wines is bottled to order, to optimise its freshness when it reaches our customers.
Aging The wine is stored on its lees in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks prior to bottling. No oak ageing.
Residual sugar <2g/L