A SMALL BATCH SPANISH SHOWSTOPPER
This remarkable small batch, barrel-fermented verdelho (100%) hails from Almansa in Southern Spain. It was imported into New Zealand by Steve Bennett MW. Wax dipped and presented for sale in heavyweight, premium bottles, this is golden yellow wine with mellow citrus flavours spiked with some tropical notes. There is an obvious toasty oak component and the wine finishes fresh and dry with some lasting minerality.
This is special occasion wine. Just over 600 bottles were produced and this beautiful release is destined for fine-dining restaurants around the globe. We were lucky to get our hands on a few bottles. VERY LIMITED STOCK.
The winery writes "To the eye, the wine is limpid and bright with just a hint of straw-colour derived from the time spent in cask. It also produces richly persistent wine legs, or “tears”, when swirled. It is expressive on the nose, with notes of citrus fruit and orange peel to the fore, alongside more tropical aromas of mango, pineapple and just a hint of peach. In the glass, aromas of butter, almonds, honey and a touch of toast gradually reveal themselves, derived from the time the wine spends on its lees and in cask, though the fruit notes are always to the fore, thanks to the perfect harmony that the wine achieves by virtue of gentle aging in very large casks. In the mouth, the white has a vigorous immediacy balanced by a pleasant freshness and richness born of its perfect natural acidity. Tropical fruit flavours, alongside more bitter-sweet hints of almond offer richness and fullness on the palate and all around the mouth, giving way to a long and persistent finish. There are lingering, slightly tangier saline notes alongside hints of hillside herbs, redolent of the unique and special surroundings that cradle the vineyard that produces these distinctive white grapes."