This wine was inspired by the clear starry night skies in La Mancha. Félix Solís wanted to create a wine that would capture the pleasure-loving, life-affirming spirit of Spanish people. He named it Albali after the brightest star in Aquarius.
In Spain the Verdejo variety is a byword for very pleasant fruity, light white wines. Menara is the result of a careful selection of the very best grapes. Despite its young character, it exhibits a good structure.
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 fresh and intense wine has flowery and fruity aromas. On the palate, it has a rich, smooth body with balanced acidity and hints of fennel, herbs, citrus fruits, melon and peach.
A great match with fresh light dishes and particularly with fish and seafood dishes including sushi or squid.
Chilled (7-9º C)
It is mostly harvested at night so that low temperatures below 12oC help to preserve the aromas of this variety. Every cultivation and elaboration stage is carefully controlled to prevent oxidation. The grapes macerate at low temperature. Then, fermentation takes place at approximately 14-16oC for up to 12-15 days to draw this variety’s maximum aromatic potential.
2017 International Wine and Spirits Competition: Viña Albali Castillo de Menara Verdejo 2016