The world is waking up to Spanish whites - and Macabeo is one of the best. It is planted from France’s Languedoc-Roussillon (known as Macabeu) down through Spain’s north east and famous Rioja region, where called Viura it is the chief local grape in their increasingly regarded whites. Like many creatures with high-potential it is troublesome - vulnerable to over production and rot, with difficulties balancing ripeness and acidity. Basic wines are fresh, lean and aromatic - widely used in blends and Cava production - while well-managed ‘serious’ examples are age-worthy with a typically Spanish spectrum of nutty-mineral characters and a plump, honeyed palate.
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