BODEGAS ARRAYAN Albillo Real
Tiny production (fewer than 1200 bottles) of an almost unknown grape from old vines. Fermented and aged in French oak barrels. Straw yellow in colour, with aromas of stone-fruits, honey and fennel. Mineral and spicy, this wine is elegantly flavourful and velvety in the mouth. Beautiful stuff!
CSPC + 781953
Region: D.O. Méntrida, Spain
Varietal: 100% Albillo Real
Production: 200 cases
Chalky, fragrant white melon and tropical florals. The palate has a chalky, dry and compact shape. Drink now.
"The 2015 Albillo Real, Arrayán's only white, was sourced from two plots of old vines in the village of Almorox (Toledo) at some 600 meters altitude on sandy soils. The full clusters had a one-day cold soak and then were pressed and fermented in a combination of 300- and 500-liter oak barrels and stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts. It matured in 300- and 500-liter oak barrels for eight months. It has notes of ripeness, yellow fruit, pollen and esparto grass as well as a tasty and balanced palate, with some toasty notes à la Meursault and good minerality."
Albillo Real /al BEE yoh/ /ray AL/
Historically, Albillo contributed texture to the red wines of the Meseta – a role similar to that of Viognier in Côte Rôtie. A small plot is still cultivated at Vega Sicilia, but total plantings have decreased over the past few decades as growers turn to international varietals. A revival may be underway, and deservedly so, as winemakers take greater interest in ressurecting indigenous varietals. The grape has a high glycerol index which confers a smooth, almost waxy texture to the wines.
Region & Vineyard Notes
Méntrida is a Spanish Denominacion de Origen (DO) in the province of Toledo, Spain, near Madrid. The continental-Mediterranean climate is characterised by extreme temperature variations, from harsh winters to hot summers. The soil is alluvial, from the erosion of the granite massifs in Spain's central plateau, and is basically sandy loam in the gullies, with an acid pH and a high silicate content. No chemical herbicides or fertilisers are used; manure is applied as a soil improver.
Vinification: Cold maceration with the skins for 2 days. Pressing and spontaneous fermentation are carried out at controlled temperatures.
Aging: 12 months in 300-litre French oak casks.