FINCA EL ARCA
EMBLEM OF NIVARIUS

Finca El Arca is the emblem of the project Nivarius.
An extraordinary wine in each of its enological aspects, due to its complexity and length. Thanks to its minerality and tension it is a good example of our work in the vineyard. Long life and years of evolution in a bottle to reach exceptional results.

EACH WINE, TOLD BY ITS AUTHOR

PABLO TASCÓN

Nivarius’s enologist

ENOLOGIST

Pablo Tascón.

DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN

DOCa Rioja.

2015 VINTAGE.

TYPE OF WINE

White wine.

AGEING

9 months in Norman oak casks of 3,500 litres.

VARIETALS

70% Viura over 80 years old. 30% Maturana blanca.

ALCOHOL

14% vol.

SOILS

The Nivarius soils are formed by a superficial layer of sand with a thickness of 30-50 cm over a subsoil of fragmented limestone, 2 metres deep, that was formed in the Cretaceous period. It is a basic soil (pH>8), with an excellent structure, porosity and drainage, considered in Burgundy and other prestigious winegrowing areas as the perfect soil for the production of great wines.

CLIMATE

Mediterranean with Atlantic influence.

VINEYARDS

Our vineyards are located at an altitude of 800 metres, north-facing at the municipalities of Albelda de Iregua and Nalda. This situation helps us to keep the tension and the freshness of the wines, as well as the natural acidity. That’s how we obtain the best white wines with ageing potential. Nivarius has been a pioneer at implementing cutting-edge technologies at the vineyards (conduction, analysis of the soil, etc.). The result is the maximum expression of the terroir with an excellent balance between factors such as minerality or acidity.

ELABORATION NOTES

Viuras of more than 80 years old are selected, along with Maturana Blanca at an altitude of 800 metres, north-facing. Manual harvest in boxes of 18 kg. Each variety is vinified individually in French oak casks of 3,500 litres, with ageing in lees in those casks for 9 months. Once bottled, the wine stays 20 months in bottle before release. Wine that will improve in bottle.

TASTING NOTES

Clean and brilliant with a straw yellow colour and reflections of the same colour. On nose it is complex, elegant, of high intensity, dominated by notes of white fruit, balsamics and creamy oak. As it is oxygenated, it acquires more complexity with notes of minerals and bay leaf. On palate it is dry on entry, acidity perfectly integrated with its glyceride character when passing through the mouth. On retronasal, notes such as balsamic, citrus or floral start appearing with a saline final and a long aftertaste.

SERVING TEMPERATURE

7-9º C.

ALLERGIES

No, except sulphites.

VEGETARIANS

Yes. No animal product was used during the elaboration.

FORMATS

75 cl bottle.

RATINGS/PRIZES

FOOD PAIRING

Oily fish, pasta with milky sauces, white meats..

AGEING POTENTIAL

7-9 years.