Grapes: 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 50% White Tempranillo (Albillo Mayor)
This wine is produced from organically-grown, estate grapes harvested from 14 year old vines of Sauvignon Blanc and 70 year old vines of Albillo. All of the wine was fermented and aged in 50% new French and 50% 1 year old American (wood seasoned for 7 years prior to coopering) oak barriques which were coopered at the winery. The alcoholic fermentation took 14 days, there was no malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in barrel for 11 month with the lees but saw no stirring, no sulphur and no racking prior to bottling. The old vines of Albillo offer a richness, depth and unctuousness in contrast to the acidity and crisp flavors of Sauvignon Blanc. A small amount of sulphur was added at bottling.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light yellow-gold. Peach, vanilla, white flowers, and smoky lees on the nose and palate. Smooth, ripe and fleshy, with very good substance and concentration. A firm backbone of acidity adds lift and bite to a long, smooth finish. A distinctly rich wine but in no way outsized or heavy. Issue 164, Sept/Oct 2012