Nekeas Blanco 2018
Chardonnay 60%, Viura 40%
Winemaking in Nekeas dates back to the 16th century and it was thriving till the middle of the 20th century when industrial development around Pamplona and depressed grape prices achieved what the phylloxera blight had failed to do. Little more than the smallest, inaccessible plots of mostly old-vine Garnacha (Grenache) survived.
Thankfully since the 1990s the descendants of the original grape growing families have revived old traditions on these often impossibly steep slopes at 450-650 metres above sea level.
For their white wine, Chardonnay and Viura grapes were harvested in the south-western part of Navarra's sunny and warm Nekeas Valley. Wholly fermented in stainless steel tanks and no oak ageing, resulting in a fresh and light to medium-bodied wine with flavours of citrus fruits and pineapple.