Ermita del Conde Albillo Centenario 2013

ermita del conde albillo

This is a superb, affordable Spanish white, made from a centenarian high-altitude (900 m) vineyard just outside (to the north east of) the Ribera del Duero DO. It’s made from the rare-ish Albillo Mayor grape variety, which is thought to be one of the parents of Tempranillo.

Ermita del Conde is a relatively new vineyard, established in 2006 by Marta Gomendio. Altogether, she has 23 hectares of vineyards, the bulk of which are very old. They are farmed organically, and this wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts in foudres.

Ermita del Conde Albillo Centenario 2013 Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León, Spain
13% alcohol.This is made from a 100 year old Albillo Mayor vineyard. It’s bright, pure and mineral with citrus and pear fruit, and a hint of struck match character that adds interest. There are also some richer, nutty notes. Detailed and lovely. 92/100 (£10.95 The Wine Society)

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