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Characteristics of Ad Libitum Maturana Blanca
Ad Libitum Maturana Blanca is a white wine produced in Rioja by the Juan Carlos Sacha winery in Baños del Rio Tobia, La Rioja.
Juan Carlos Sacha is the person at the helm of the project, with 5.5 hectares of organically cultivated vineyards in the Najerilla valley, La Rioja Alta. He has been one of the driving forces behind rescuing the area’s old varieties and going back to growing wines like this Maturana Blanca.
The Maturana Blanca vineyard is currently 16 years old after having carried out massal (mass) selection. It is harvested manually into boxes and destemmed. After static racking, it ferments in 500 litre barrels at a controlled temperature of 18ºC.
Serve at 10ºC
Blue fish, Grilled seafood, White meat, Boiled seafood
High summer temperatures define this vintage. After a mild winter with scarce rainfall, spring started with a lot of rain, which favoured the growth cycle of the vine. During the summer, they experienced very high temperatures and the absence of rain, which resulted in great, healthy vines. As a general result, this was a balanced year, where the final absence of rains led to a good concentration of grapes. This year is defined by a voluminous vintage that can be enjoyed from its youth.
After a winter with normal temperatures and rainfall for D.O.Qa Rioja, high temperatures in spring and summer market his year, as well as the absence of rain at the most dangerous times for the vineyard. These factors led to very healthy vines, but the harvest was brought forward three weeks on average. As a result, this year was rated as a very good one in the area, with the only drawback of not reaching full ripeness. Therefore, the wines from this vintage are those typical from Rioja, with a slightly higher alcoholic strength and a good balance between acidity and ripening.
La Rioja is one of the most important areas of wine production in the world. It has a long history, and exceptional soils and climates. From the Tempranillo and Grenache varieties they make great red wines that are masterfully aged which demonstrates the experience passed from generation to generation.