Saturday, 14 January 2017

Alba Sobretablas 2013 11.2%, Alba Viticultores

Bright brassy gold with golden highlights, very light legs.
Fresh, zesty and slightly grassy with lots of fruity apple and grape aromas and a slight mineral edge. It smells very Palomino with background notes of wild herb strewn grassland and fresh air with character and generosity.
A tangy freshness leads in to an only just ripe fruitiness with those apple notes and a mineral backbone. Very clean, natural and refreshing with a slightly wild, zippy character.
Made from 100% Palomino from selected vineyards around the pagos Mahina and Miraflores in Sanlúcar. It was fermented in stainless steel tank and left on its lees till February before being racked into two 32 arroba butts which had previously contained Manzanilla for 50 years. Here the wine aged for 7 months. The butts were filled completely ("a tocadedos") to avoid the development of flor as they want the wine to express the vineyard character. The contents of each butt were bottled separately in August 2014 without any added sulphur and minimal filtration. Interestingly butt number 2 developed a little flor and so the two wines had clear differences. This was from butt number 1.
14 euros from Er Guerrita

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