Phinca Hapa Blanco (Skin Contact)
This is a classic orange wine with distinct smoky flavours and hints of orange peel, tropical fruit, and ripe apricot notes. It has a creamy, textured body that comes from the extended grape skin contact.
This wine is a blend of Viura with some Garnish and Malvasia Riojana. The destemmed grapes are fermented with their skins on in a 2,000 litre concrete vat for two months. The wine has a delightful texture with a lovely amber colour and a unique nose with notes of balsam, quince, peach and honey.
Originally from Hawaii, Melanie Hickman fell in love with Riojan winemaker David Sampedro. She moved from the US to Elvillar in Rioja, Spain and purchased her own vineyard plots with David and started Struggling Vines natural winemaking project. The husband and wife team now work tirelessly to produce these unique wines!