2014 Jorge Ordonez Moscatel de Alexandria #3 Malaga Old Vines 375 ml

Year: 2014
Appellation: Malaga, Andalucia
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 93
Jeb Dunnuck: 98
Fortified Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 5.0%
Price :


100% Muscat Alexandria

"The 2014 Old Vines #3 is pure unfortified Moscatel from a single vineyard planted in 1908 on a steep north-facing plot, bottled with 4.53% alcohol, 353 grams of sugar and nine grams of acidity that provides incredible freshness and balance. It fermented in barrel for 35 months and was bottled into 1,812 bottles in August 2017. It has a lot lower alcohol than in previous years, a lot more sugar and a much darker color, really dark amber, even darker than the Esencia. Its low alcohol has caused the wine to be denied the appellation of origin. The sugar made the wine stop fermenting and it finished like this, which hopefully the appellation will accept in the future. There are some toffee and smoky aromas, it's very sweet and dense, with a luscious mouthfeel and a different profile from previous vintages.

Jorge Ordoñez has a full project in the impressive slate slopes of Málaga where the Moscatel de Alejandría produces a range of wines from sparkling to dry, sweet and super sweet. This is one of the zones I need to visit in the future to bring you all some photos of those really unique vineyards." (WA)

"Made all from dried Moscatel grapes, the 2014 No 3 Viñas Viejas was aged 8 months sur lie in larger 600-liter French oak barrels. Medium gold colored with powerful notes of orange blossom, honey apricot, crème caramel, and jasmine, this incredible wine takes 60 pounds of grapes to make a single bottle and had to be declassified as it only hit 5% alcohol. Despite a motor oil like consistency, it stays balanced and graceful, and keeps you coming back to the glass, which can be rare for a wine of this size. It’s a singular, awesome dessert wine I wish I could pour for every reader." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Deep amber, golden color. Full of intense ripe fruit aromatics complemented by honey and jasmine. An unctuous, opulent youth feel balanced out by bright acidity.