Arroyo de Arrayán Blanco 2019
WineSpark Price €19.21
This is a delicious white blend of Garnacha Blanca and Garnacha Gris, something you wouldn’t necessarily expect from the baking-hot centre of Spain.
It’s made in a real old-fashioned, artisanal way. The grapes are gently foot-stomped which gives a lovely soft texture to the wine. The wine undergoes spontaneous fermentation in old French oak barrels, which increases the complexity of flavours. And finally it’s aged for 8 months in oak followed by 2 years in bottle, which is just the right amount of age that a wine like this needs.
The nose is aromatic and fragrant - where pears, white peach and florals leap out of the glass. On the palate it’s refreshing, creamy and elegant, with a lovely nuttiness streaking through it that fans of classic French wines will love.
WineSpark members seem to love their interesting whites, so when I first tried this at a secret underground tasting in Barcelona, I knew it was a no-brainer to bring it over.
|Grape(s)||50% Garnacha Blanca & 50% Garnacha Gris|
|Region of origin||Castilla La Mancha|
|Months in Oak||8 months|
|Type of Oak||
300 liters French used barrels
|Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts)||None|
|Average age of vines||22 years|
|Average altitude of vines (m)||510|
|Soil type(s)||Sandy soil|
|Is this wine organic?||Yes, but not certified|
|Suitable for vegans?||No|
|Ageing potential||5-7 years|
|Ideal drinking window||2022|
Garnacha is a grape on the rise in Spain, and talented young winemakers like Maite are driving this revolution.
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I discovered a few bottles of this wine under the stairs, what a surprise!, lovely inviting nose, the palate is very smooth, decent complexity, and the finish is very good.
Easy drinking and great value.