Thursday, 22 November 2018

Barbazul Blanco 2017 14%, Huerta de Albalá

Bright, pale, almost silvery gold with the faintest trace of green and golden highlights.
It has the generosity of Chardonnay along with lots of fresh fruity notes, some of them tropical. The grapes seem to have been perfectly ripe and there are aromas of white flowers, hints of orange blossom, tangerine, pineapple, peach and a faintly grassy fresh herbal note.
It is fruity on the palate too with all the aforementioned and it has some breadth and depth, rich and smooth. Acidity is relatively low and there is even a passing semblance of sweetness which soon goes, but there is a certain minerality and a slight chalky feel and as the flavour subsides there is a slight salty note on the finish. It is interesting how wines of whatever type grown on albariza always seem to reveal the fact.
This wine is 100% Chardonnay and is a Vino de la Tierra de Cádiz. Vicente Taberner´s Huerta de Albalá estate, around 10 kilometres east of Arcos de la Frontera, grows the red wines while the Chardonnay comes from his 160 hectares of albariza vineyards  in the pago Balbaina which he bought from Osborne. It is fermented at controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks and bottled without any ageing. He also makes a "Seleccion" version which is aged briefly on its lees, but neither wine is aged in oak. They don´t really need it.
8.20 euros, Licores Corredera

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