El Carro 2011

Producer: Viñedos Culturales
Wine Name: El Carro
Type: White
Wine Region/ Appellation Alicante  
Vintage: 2011
Grape varieties: 100% Moscatel de Alejandría (Muscat)
Alcohol: 12%
Guide Price: 9 €

Our Rating: ++++++ (6)

Here is the third Spanish Wine under 10 Euros according to our Ranking.

About the area

Vineyard located in the La Mata Natural Park in Torrevieja, a seaside city located on the Costa Blanca. This area forms part of the Alicante province, in south-eastern Spain.

The soil is originally quaternary with sandy texture, low organic matter content, a high percentage of this soil produces carbonates . The vineyards seat on coastal dunes over fossils, its high sand contents (80%) allowed ​​them to survive the phylloxera epidemic.

Using “Vigneron” Rafael Bernabé’s own words: “ If the inland Alicante vineyards are the children of the sun and light, La Mata’s vineyard is the child of the sun, the Mediterranean light and its sea breezes. This is its one great secret.

About the wine

30 year old Vineyards, located at sea level. The producer follows Organic farming principles; it doesn’t use pesticides or synthetic products.

Grape selection takes place at the cellar. Grapes are treaded and  cold pressed with a vertical screw press.  Fermentation takes place in 500 litres new French oak barrels using yeasts. Partial malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel too. It is then aged between 4 and 6 months, half the time in 500 litre barrels and the other half in steel tanks. No batonnage.

This wine was bottled in March 2012.It was vinified with the minimal SO2 addition, using the vineyard’s own yeast, without enzymes or bacteria, no clarification and filtering, all done with the minimum intervention


Golden yellow, slightly gold-fish color. Intense nose blending white flower, grapefruit, gunpowder, grass and fennel. 

Creamy at first, but  rapidly becomes cutting and grinding. Dry acidity, with tannins and citrus fruits. Complex. Very dry and bitter. A hurricane of feelings on the palate, vibrant, deep and persistent.

A great dry Muscat, highly recommended with pork or lamb dishes.

1 comment:

  1. This wine is so different and a delight to try. We have just had it at my daughter's wedding and it was well received. Bravo!