El Bufón de Arrayán Albillo Real 2022

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This is a rare wine in Spain, let alone Ireland.

It’s from the hugely exciting and up-and-coming Cebreros wine region, made using a forgotten grape called Albillo Real.

It’s the first grape to mature in the vineyards around here, and in the past, people would have eaten it while picking the other grapes. The small berries, freckled skin and sweet taste make it especially delicious, and also for birds!

These characteristics however make Albillo Real difficult to turn into great wine, and that’s where a rising star winemaker like Maite Sánchez comes in.

She sources the grapes from three high-altitude vineyards around Cebreros, with an average vine age of 70 years, and on sandy-granite soils.

The grapes are gently crushed by foot for two days, before being transferred into clay amphora, where the wine is aged for 6-7 months. This winemaking preserves all the gorgeous fruit, like pears, orange blossom, and grapefruit.

It’s a golden, citrusy and full-bodied white with hints of honey and tropical flavours, and a distinct minerality from the granite soils in the vineyard.

It’s even better with food, and it really reminds me of a good Chenin Blanc from South Africa.

You won’t find Albillo Real anywhere else in Ireland, and we only have a tiny amount of left. So give it a try while it’s still available!

Wine type White
Grape(s) 100% Albillo Real
Country Spain
Region of origin Castilla La Mancha
Appellation Cebreros
Vintage 2022
Alcohol % 13.17
Oak? Yes
Months in Oak 8 months
Type of Oak
700 liters French used barrels
Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts) None
Average age of vines 75 years
Average altitude of vines (m) 700m
Soil type(s) Granite soil
Closure Type Cork
Is this wine organic? Yes, but not certified
Biodynamic? No 
Sustainably produced? Yes
Suitable for vegans? No
Ageing potential 5-7 years
Ideal drinking window 2024-30

Garnacha is a grape on the rise in Spain, and talented young winemakers like Maite are driving this revolution.

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Dom'and Mary (Bantry)
Forget the G & T or the Martini...

This will delight you, as a pre dinner appetizer or as a lunch starter. Refreshingly good.

Thanks Dom, sounds delightful! Cheers Eamon

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