Inspired by the clear, starry night sky, Félix Solís wanted to create a wine that would capture the pleasure-loving, life-affirming spirit of the Spanish people. He named it Albali after a star in the constellation of Aquarius.
Viña Albali Castillo de Menara Reserva is made from a selection of only the best Tempranillo grapes chosen from old vineyards with small production. Having spent time ageing in oak barrels this variety produces wines with intense ruby red fruit aromas and hints of vanilla and spices.
Valdepeñas takes its name from the ancient city by the same name, that lies on a sun-baked river valley dotted by small rocky formations (Val-de-peñas - Valley of Rocks). Located in the South of Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain. The area is almost entirely encircled by both La Mancha Denominación de Origen on the North border and Andalusia on its Southern limits. It experiences extreme weather conditions, with temperatures reaching up to over 40 ºC in the summer and dropping to as low as -10 ºC in the winter. The future of this Denominación de Origen lays with its red wines made from Tempranillo; a grape variety that enjoys the ability to age well as crianza, reserva and gran reserva.
This wine is a brilliant cherry red in colour and exhibits a powerfully long and consistent aroma characterised by vanilla, chocolate, spices and jammy fruits. On the palate it is full-bodied, complex and elegant with well-structured tannins and a long smooth finish.
A versatile wine that is an ideal match with grilled meat, poultry, game and Manchego cheese.
Ideally, it should be served between 16-17° C
Through gentle maceration, expressive tannic compounds are optimised. Following fermentation at a controlled temperature the wine is aged in American oak barrels for twelve months. It then rests in bottle for another two to three years to ensure a complete harmonised maturation is achieved.
2018 AWC Vienna: Castillo de Menara Reserva 2014