Vineyard : The wine is made from Viura grapes grown in the white limestone Hapa vineyard which Melanie acquired in 2015. Located north of Elvillar, the plots are South-East facing and have been undergoing biodynamic conversion from the first day they signed the acquisition This vineyard is planted with Viura (higher part) and Tempranillo. Most of the vines are 35-50 years old.
In addition to careful vineyard management, the duo has embarked on a project of replanting a very large quantity of plants endogenous to the area.
The other grapes (Garnacha Blanca, Malvasia) are sourced from their Estate vineyard near the winery.
Appellation : DOCa Rioja (sub-region: Rioja Alavesa)
Varieties : 82% Viura, 12% Garnacha Blanca, 6% Malvasia.
Harvest and Production : This artisanal wine is hand harvested in 10 kilo cases following a rigorous selection in the vineyard. Once in the winery, the grapes are crushed, placed in a concrete tank to undergo spontaneous fermentation on the skins for 2 months. The wine is then pressed and placed in 600L French foudres for 1 year.
Bodegas Bhilar - Phinca Hapa Blanco
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