Tarima White

Merseguera, Macabeo & Moscatel     

D.O. Alicante

Vintage:  Characterised by the drought for another year, although the summer was milder than normal and the corresponding Spring rains resulted in a long ripening process which produced grapes of the highest quality. Harvest at the beginning of September.

Vineyard: The vineyards of Tarima are located between Sierra de Salinas, Sierra de Umbria and Sierra de La Sima at an altitude of 600 to 750 m above sea level. The grapes of this wine come from a total of 20 hectares planted between 1960 and 1970. All of them grown in the low system under natural conditions. The soil is lime and poor in organic matter and gives low production.

Production:  Indigenous varieties are picked at the beginning of September. At this time the grapes are mature and give very clean musts. Fermenting at a low temperature (16 degrees), to maintain the fruit of the grape, creates a very aromatic, pleasant wine.

Analysis:  Brilliant straw colour. In the nose the scent of White flowers, fresh fruit and aromatic herbs. In the mouth it is tasty, balanced with excellent acidity.

Accompaniment: Perfect accompaniment to seafood, shellfish, fish, uncured cheeses, salad and rice

Latest Prizes

Jeb Dunnuck: 88 points Tarima Blanco 2017.
Guia Peñin 2017: 90 points Tarima Blanco 2015.
J. Raynolds - Vinous: 89 points.Tarima Blanco 2015.
R. Parker Wine Advocate: 80 points 2015 Tarima Blanco.

DO Alicante

Alicante wines have been awarded numerous national and international awards, and they are highly rated by wine experts. Over time, various Iberian settlements, Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs as well as Christians have contributed to the historical background and experience of this D.O. (designation of origin) which spans thousands of years.

Archaeological finds have disinterred ancient villas, wine amphoras, jugs, utensils as well as other amphora remains. In 1510, King Ferdinand the Catholic banned the distribution of wines from other territories. Orihuela, Jijona, Monforte and Novelda were at that time high yielding wine producers.

According to the D. O. Alicante Regulatory Council, there are 44 wineries spread across an area of 14,613 hectares of vineyards situated on both sides of the Vinalopó River in Alicante province.

The province of Alicante produces: 

  • White varieties – Chardonnay, Macabeo, Meseguera, Moscatel of Alexandria, Sauvignon Blanc, Planta Fina and Verdil.
  • And red varieties – Garnacha Tinta, Garnacha Tintorera, Monastrell, Tempranillo, Bobal, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Noir and Shyra.

Wines produced in Alicante include young, white, rosé and red (with an indication of the vintage on the label), harvest, aged (aged for 24 months), reserve (aged for 36 months) and grand reserve (aged for 42 months), mature wines and muscatel wines produced in the Marina area from the Moscatel of Alexandria grape variety, as well as the internationally renowned Fondillón made from the Monastrell grape. Aged wines must be at least two calendar years old.