Albillo Real is a grape variety recovered from those that before the phylloxera could be found usually in Castilla-La Mancha and neighboring provinces to the north. A low yielding, short cycle and resistant to drought grape variety, which is one of the first to be harvested in the region. A small percentage of the wine is aged in French oak barrels of 600 liters and the rest, as our ancestors did, in amphore.
Lemon yellow with golden reflections, dense. Intense complex nose, mineral with red apple and aromatic herbs, hints of cinnamon in a background of quince, an elegant evolution. On the palate it is a wine with nerve, with volume. It is unctuous and the medium and persistent acidity gives it expressiveness. In the aftertaste, memories of aromatic herbs and the red apple come back and it invites to a second sip to show the character and prove it is a different wine. Its acidity and structure is ideal for small game meat, scrambled mushrooms, pasta with white sauces.
"I’ve been fortunate enough to taste a few of Elías López Monetero’s wines from Argentina, but until this week I was unfamiliar with the magic he’s working in La Mancha, the world’s most extensive wine region, known for bulk plonk rather than wines like this. Production of this amphora-fermented and aged Albillo Real is small at 9,000 bottles, but it’s an intriguing, low-intervention white with some bottle age. Low in alcohol, but not in flavour, it has notes of quince, almonds and fresh pastry with a salty dry finish and the complexity and focus to age further." 91 points, Tim Atkin
Bodegas Verum Ulterior Albillo Real Parcela No. 7 y 9