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The Diz family come from Villanova de Arousa in Galicia (Spain) crossing the Atlantic in 1881, settling in South America. It was in Argentina, where the family originally settled, they dedicated themselves to cultivating the land, developing land to populate and produce meat.
They settled in Uruguay in 1998 and fell deeply in love with the country and especially with the Maldonado mountain region where they saw enormous potential for fruit and vegetable cultivation, production of honey, meat and finished products for sale to an increasingly demanding public.
It was in 2003 that the family established La Oriental in Paraje José Ignacio. Olive trees were planted in 2004 followed by red vines the year after. Their first commercial harvest of both olive & vine came in 2008 and were sold off to third parties. It wasn’t until 2011 that the family produced wine under their own label, Sierra Oriental.
With a 10% slope and a high content of sand, quartz and ballast, it provides the vineyard with perfect drainage, a fundamental player in viticulture. The textures of our soil favour root penetration, giving a very high stability to the vines.
Serrano maritime climate with average rainfall of 1200mm per year and between 160 and 260 meters above sea level. It tends to be windy keeping the vines in optimal health conditions.
With 12 acres under vine Sierra Oriental practice sustainable farming; natural processes, and minimal intervention vineyard management.
A blend of 60% Sauvignon Gris and 40% Pinot Grigio. The current popularity of Orange wines and low intervention wines has inspired Sierra Oriental to develop native techniques.
The vinification of white grapes with their skins, allows winemaker’s to reach an intense phenolic concentration. After aging, without the presence of sulphites, these phenols reach an orange hue, which varies its intensity according to the type of grape chosen.
Only French oak is used, during fermentation and aging, for a total time of 6 months, 4 months of which the wine is in contact with the skins. Bottled unfiltered.
Aromas of wildflowers, notes of citrus, dried fruits, black tea and honey. Intense, dry and zingy, the palate is bold and intense with a great citrus acidity, and the finish is beautifully complex.
An excellent match for foods that are bold, intense, and spiced.
Perfect now but could be carefully cellared for up to 4 years.