In a nutshell: A concentrated and fresh Spanish white made with both Garnacha Blanco and Tinto.
The lowdown: This fantastic smooth and highly enjoyable white comes from Chivite's historic Legardata estate just south west of Pamplona in Navarra. Made in conjunction with old friends the renowned Arzak restaurateur family, this is a true gastronomic wine. The Chivite's are not only one of Spain's oldest winemaking families but are also experts in the art of making rosé and the processes involved have led them to this wine where red Grenache is vinified to make a white wine, with then an addition of barrel fermented white Grenache to make a rather unique dos Garnachas blend! Lovely aromas of bright red berry fruits, ripe white stone fruit, citrus and floral notes lead onto a medium-bodied, soft and rounded palate with great texture and weight, real complexity and a long and clean, fresh finish.
When to drink: A versatile food wine. Try with white meat dishes, river fish, salmon, roasted vegetables.
The Chivite family have a long pedigree in the northern Spanish province of Navarre. They've been making wine there since the 17th century and over the years they've firmly established themselves as the leading wine producer in this part of Spain. While parts of the business are involved in large scale commerical wines those under the Chivite label are their premium brands and in particular their Finca Legardeta which is located about 25 miles southwest of Pamplona. Here, at an average elevation of 450m, the poor soils and continental climate make it ideal for quality wine production.
Julian Chivite López is the current generation of the family to be at the helm and under his guidance their reputation seems quietly assured.