Last night I drank two orange wines from Spain. Both different in style, but both very good. The first, a distinctive Albillo, was on the list at the brill Morito. The second was a Macabeu in a distinctive ceramic bottle, which was purchased at Furanxo, a lovely Spanish deli and bar in Dalston.
Alfredo Maestro Lovamor Albillo 2016 Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon, Spain
This is an orange wine from the Albillo grape, 6 days on skins then on its lees for 4 months. 12.5% alcohol. Complex, rich with lively pear and apple fruit. Lovely lemony notes but the dominant theme is rich, quite exotic melon and apple fruit. Distinctive and complex. 92/100 (£45 on the list at Morito; UK agent Les Caves)
Costador Metamorphika Macabeu 2016 Conca de Barberà, Spain
This striking wine comes in a ceramic bottle, and is a varietal Macabeu, which is also known as Viura. Slightly cloudy yellow. 6 weeks whole berry fermentation in amphora, followed by 5 months in used oak barrels. Lovely texture and freshness with subtle herbs, a hint of wax, some floral notes and lovely lemony fruit. Textural and fresh, this is really delicious. Clean and focused. 91/100 (UK agent Otros Vinos)
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