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*Arrayán Albillo Real Granito*

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*Arrayán Albillo Real Granito*

Albillo Real

Mentrida, Spain

Alc. 14 %

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Bodegas Arrayán is a relatively young winery, founded by husband and wife team José María Entrecanales and María Marsans in 1999. Their estate, La Verdosa, is located in Santa Cruz de Retamar, Toledo, Spain. The winery's original focus was on international varieties like Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, but since Maite Sánchez's appointment as winemaker in 2009, the emphasis has shifted to the region's rare native grapes. Albillo Real is one such example. The vineyard for this Granito release is a small two-hectare plot planted in 1942 near the village of Almorox. It's an extremely rare grape, so when we were offered a small amount from this highly-regarded producer, we jumped at the chance!

The grapes are harvested by hand, and fermentation takes place naturally with wild yeasts. The finished wine is aged for about 7 months in traditional 700 L clay vessels before release. It's complex and nuanced, so serve at about 12 C, but let it warm up a bit in the glass for greatest enjoyment, and drink over the next 2-3 years.

Smell

Initially a bit muted, this wine needs a bit of time in the glass to shine. As it opens up, mineral notes of wet stone give way to fresh peach, orange peel, bruised pear, apricot, and apple. There's a nutty element as well, almost like toasted almonds, along with a hint of fennel and rosemary.

Taste

Powerful and concentrated on the palate, with an appealing waxiness. If you're a fan of weightier Rhône whites, this is a great alternative, perfect for winter. There's flavours of yellow apple, pear, and apricot, along with a flinty minerality on the lengthy finish.

Pairing

Opt for simple dishes to contrast the wine's complexity, and serve with full-flavoured, semi-ripened cheeses, or pair with homemade baked mac 'n cheese.

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