Phinca Hapa blanco

Vignoble : Vin dont le viura est issu de la parcelle Hapa, acquise en 2015, dont les sols sont principalement composés de calcaire blanc. Située au nord d’Elvillar, la parcelle orienté sud-est est en conversion biodynamique depuis son acquisition par Melanie. Le vignoble est planté de viura (dans la partie supérieure) et de tempranillo dont l’âge varie entre 35 et 50 ans. En plus de l’entretien minutieux des vignes, le duo s’affaire à replanter une quantité incroyable de plantes indigènes dans le vignoble.
Les autres raisins (Garnacha Blanca, Malvasia) proviennent de leurs vignobles près du domaine.

Appellation : DOCa Rioja (sous-région: Rioja Alavesa)

Cépages : 82% Viura, 12% Garnacha Blanca, 6% Malvasia.

Récolte et production : Une production artisanale avec des vendanges manuelles en caisses de 10 kilos suite à une sélection rigoureuse dans le vignoble. Les grappes entières sont fermentées dans des cuves en béton avec des levures indigènes (macération carbonique), puis fermentés spontanément avec les levures indigènes. Suite à une macération pelliculaire de deux mois, le vin est pressé et vieillit dans des foudres de chêne français de 600L pendant 1 an.


Critiques :

Millésime 2020

  • Phinca Hapa comes from a 1967 planting of the same name in Elvillar and is another brilliant white from the dynamic duo of Melanie Hickman and David Sampedro. Marrying Viura with 10% each of Garnacha Blanca and Malvasía, it underwent carbonic maceration in oak vats. Peppery, spicy and intense, with Riesling-like focus and acidity and a rose petal top note. Drink 2024-30.
    94/100 Tim Atkin, Rioja Report 2023
  • 2020 was a challenging year, and the (orange) white 2020 Phinca Hapa Blanco is very ripe, at 14.5% alcohol, and at the same time has a light palate, lighter than the 2019 I tasted next to it. It finishes with a slight bitterness. It was bottled in December 2021 after maturing in oak foudre for one year. 3,000 bottles produced. Drink 2022-2026
    91 pts — Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate (June 2022)

Millésime 2018

  • Fermented with whole clusters and made without sulphur until bottling, this is the sort of wine that confounds local bureaucrats in Rioja but finds favour with more open-minded tasters who recognise its brilliance. Sappy, chalky and slightly tannic, with notes of quince, black tea and fresh bread, this is mind-bogglingly complex. 2021-28
    Wine of the Year
     Tim Atkin, Rioja Report 2020
  • The amber colored 2018 Phinca Hapa Blanco is 82% Viura, 12% Garnacha Blanca and 6% Malvasía from a large vineyard in the village of Elvillar. It fermented with carbonic maceration and was kept with the skins for 60 days until it was pressed and put in a 2,700-liter oak foudre, where it matured for one year. This has the profile of a full orange wine—the color, nose and tannic palate with 14% alcohol and notes of honey, quince, peach and beeswax—and with the texture and mouthfeel of a light red. Very orange.
    3,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in October 2019.
    92 pts — Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate (Nov.2, 2020)

Millésime 2017

  • The white 2017 Phinca Hapa Blanco has some notes of popcorn and a spicy and smoky twist, but it’s very different from the other white I tasted. This is from a vineyard that Melanie bought with her savings and then renamed it after her dog. The wine had some skin contact, so it has a faint golden color and a slightly tannic palate. It’s a blend of 82% Viura, 12% Garnacha Blanca and 6% Malvasía from a large vineyard in the village of Elvillar. This is a white of strong character, with notes of quince, peach and beeswax, the texture of a light red that calls for food.
    2,500 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2018. Drink 2019 – 2023.
    93 pts — Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate #243 (June 2019)

Millésime 2016 (premier millésime de cette cuvée)

  • Phinca Hapa is an exciting new project run by American Melanie Hickman, who is the partner of David Sampedro. This is an orange wine made with skin contact from an old vine parcel of Viura and Malvasía planted high above the village of Elvillar. Complex and challenging, it has lovely quince, orange marmalade and black tea notes. Drink 2018-21
    92/100 Tim Atkin, Rioja Report 2018
  • The white 2016 Phinca Hapa Blanco is from a vineyard Melanie bought with her savings and renamed after her dog. The vineyard, in the village of Elvillar, consists of three hectares of white limestone soils planted in 1967 with Viura grapes (and Tempranillo in the lower parts). The wine is a blend of Viura with some 12% Garnacha Blanca and 6% Malvasía Riojana from the ripe grapes picked after they pick the grapes for their basic Bhilar white. The destemmed grapes fermented with skins in a 2,000-liter concrete vat for two months, and the wine spent one year in 600-liter French foudres. As a result, the wine has an amber color with a characterful nose mixing notes of balsam, quince, peach and honey—quite original and different. The palate has a texture that could be from a light red, with fine tannins and a chalky sensation that is a texture more than a flavor. One white for white meat. 2,300 bottles were filled in November 2017. Drink 2018 – 2026.
    92 pts — Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate #235 (Feb. 2018)