Relatively speaking, Bodegas Arrayán is one of the newest kids on the Spanish block. Preparing to celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2019, the estate's philosophy has always been to embrace and showcase the individual expressions of the varietals and the terroir from which they are harvested.
Not often found in a single varietal expression, Albillo Real (al BEE yoh/ /ray AL) is most commonly blended with red wine in Ribera del Duero (similar to Viognier in Côte Rôtie). With a great palate and weight, it is the perfect example of a richer, rounder, winter white. We find this is a great alternative to Chardonnay, as the varietal has a great viscosity which enhances the body, landing us more in the medium weight.
Arrayán's Albillo Real is sourced from vineyards in the town of Almorox, roughly 600 m above sea level (similar to Edmonton). The grapes are harvested and trucked back to the estate where vinification occurs. After a cold maceration with the skins (adds body and ageing ability), the wine undergoes about a year in French oak casks. This is the essence of small lot! Only 3 barrels were produced (that's roughly 900 bottles) and WineCollective secured a third! Enjoy this season or over the next year, at a slightly chilled temperature of 10 C.
A shimmery golden colour, bordering on the line of pale to medium gold.
Ahhhh... Take that in! This is an aromatically elegant wine, there is an abundance of nuance only found in small, hand crafted wines. The solid base of rich stone fruits, think pear, peach and apricot, is accented with sweet notes of fresh honey and an herbal spice from fennel. Each swirl opens a new layer of flavours!
Again, think of a well built Chardonnay as a close comparison - offering a velvety and rich mouthfeel and opulent texture, while remaining finessed. The stone fruits are accompanied by juicy melons and a lemon custard, giving even more variation and layers than found on the nose. Expect a delicate exit as the wine finishes with lingering freshness of the ripe fruits and a bit of stoney minerality.
An excellent option for a winter salad! We're thinking a filet of white fish (halibut or tilapia) on a bed of fennel and watercress tossed in a light vinaigrette dressing.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec
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