The sweet Malaga wine
On the Iberian Peninsula it is simply called Málaga - the sweet Malaga wine. Its traditional past is proof of the success of this dessert wine, and the vinification process is not so simple, but is accompanied by strict regulations. Malaga wine has been in demand since ancient times. Its convenient proximity to the Mediterranean favours the trade of the port city of Málaga, founded by Phoenicians around 800 B.C. The Romans conquered the city some 500 years later. Documents from this period document the trade with Malaga wine. Thus the often sweet liqueur wine is a wine rich in tradition. This speciality has therefore always been a popular and successful commodity.
The wine-growing region of Málaga is a D.O., which means Denominación de Origen and is a strictly regulated designation of origin for Spanish products. Mostly, the quality seal D.O. is valid for Spanish wines. Cheese, various vegetables and some meat products of Spain are partly also awarded with the quality seal. For a Malaga wine to be called Málaga, it is necessary to fulfil several criteria. The grapes must be grown in the mountains and hills of the D.O. Málaga. Only two white grape varieties may make up Malaga wine - Muscat and Pedro Ximénez. If either of these conditions is not met, the dessert wine may not be awarded the D.O. Málaga status. During vinification, fermentation is occasionally interrupted and alcohol is added. The process is called maceration and results in a higher alcohol strength, which can reach more than 20%. The Malaga wine is aged in beautiful oak barrels (solera), where it is sometimes aged for more than five years.
The different Malaga wines
Malaga wine can mature for different lengths of time in oak barrels. With the different maturation, the name of the dessert wine also changes.
- Pálido (matures up to 6 months and is a blend of very young and older vintages)
- Málaga (from 6 months to 2 years)
- Noble (between 2 and 3 years)
- Añejo (between 3 and 5 years)
- Trasañejo (from 5 years)
Sierras de Málaga
There are of course other wines in the Málaga wine region. Dry white wines, distinctive reds and playful rosés come, among others, from the high hills near the city of Ronda. Such wines are called Sierras de Málaga. Muscat Blanc or Chardonnay are vinified to low-acid white wines. The red grape varieties Syrah (also known as Shiraz) or Cabernet Sauvignon give an intense taste.
Muscat Blanc from Málaga
Muscatel is available in many variations, but the most famous and one of the oldest in the world is the white grape called
Gelber Muskateller. The light grape was probably brought to Malaga by the Phoenicians via the Mediterranean Sea. From it the sweet Malaga wine is often vinified. The proximity of the name Muscatel to the spice does not come by chance and is sometimes reflected in the bouquet.
Interesting facts about Malaga wine
When do you enjoy Malaga wine?
Malaga wine is a liqueur wine that is often served with dessert, or with which the dessert is refined. Its delicious aromas are particularly suitable for enriching ice cream or sauces, thus rounding off the taste experience. We recommend Nº 1 Selección Especial by Jose Ordonez & Co. with spicy cheese and various blue cheeses, but also with strong foie gras.
What does Solera mean?
The literal translation of the Spanish "solera" is "lying on the ground". The so-called solera system describes the production process of Malaga wine, brandy or sherry. It means the following: During the process of maturing and aging Malaga wines are stored in large oak barrels, which in turn are stacked on top of each other. The oak barrels at the bottom are called "solera", the wooden barrels above are called "criaderas". The ageing process can be classified according to the type of storage and it facilitates blending.
What colour is Malaga wine?
Malaga wine is pale yellow or golden yellow. There are also darker colour impressions, which are comparable to amber or mahogany. At VINELLO.de we carry the excellent Nº 3 Viñas Viejas by Jose Ordonez & Co - its colour carries concentrated amber with nuanced golden highlights.
What is the optimal drinking temperature of Malaga wine?
We recommend to enjoy the Malaga wines from our range at 5 to 7° C.
Buy wines from Malaga online at VINELLO
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