Albae Wine Club
Golden Fall - Mixed Pack
Mixed Pack Highlights
This pack features a selection of two complex golden-hued white wines and a clean and crisp red. Designed to pair well with the transience of Fall, crisp cool air, and a cozy dinner.
- La Blanca Brisat is a skin-contact orange wine from the Terra Alta region. Made with 100% Garnacha Blanca this amphora-aged white is a brassy golden hue, enchantingly aromatic with hints of raw almonds, anise, fennel, dried mountain herbs, honeysuckle, and apples.
- Los Vientos translates to "The Winds", aptly named, since the 80-year old vines of indigenous Rufete grapes grow on the windswept slopes of the Sierra de Salamanca in a protected UNESCO biosphere reserve, surrounded by wildlife. Light cherry red in colour with a violet rim, clear and crystalline. Ripe red fruit, floral, with notes of sloe berries, fine cacao, and hints of wild herbs. On the palate, it’s fresh, structured, balanced, and juicy.
- Filitas y Lutitas features the rare Moscatel de Alejandría, an ancient native Moscatel variety originating in Alexandria, Egypt, during the Hellenistic period. This grape variety paired with Pedro Ximén grown on steep slopes in Malaga with intense sunlight 300 days of the year makes this wine rich, long, deep and complex.
Read more about each wine below.
Vins del Tros - La Blanca Brisat 2018
La Blanca is a white Brisat, a traditional skin-contact wine native to the Terra Alta region. It’s an organic orange wine, and if you’re partial to orange wines then this is as original as they come. Dating back to the time of the Romans, Brisat style wines get their colour from fermenting the wine on grape skins, in this case the Garnatxa Blanca variety. Brisat style wines were a favourite of Pablo Picasso, as he spent many summers in Terra Alta.
The skin contact gives the wine an astringent tannic feel and extra complexity in flavour. With La Blanca Brisat, the terroir and grapes are very present due to the traditional form of ageing using Amphorae (large clay containers). La Blanca matures for 6 months in a 1,000-liter amphorae.
La Blanca has a deep yellow-orange colour, somewhere between gold and brass. An enchantingly aromatic wine with hints of raw almonds, anise, fennel, dried mountain herbs, honeysuckle, and apples. To enjoy the full spectrum of aromas we recommend letting it sit in the glass for some time. In the mouth it’s fresh and bold with a lingering creamy balsamic aftertaste.
Annual Production: 1,900 bottles (The club has access to 150 annually)
Type: Blanco - Brisat (White - Orange)
Finish: Long and complex
Grape Variety: 100% Garnacha Blanca
Viticulture / Farming: Organic & biodynamic - Terroir Driven
Autenticos Viñadores - Los Vientos 2018
It's popular opinion in the Sierra de Salamanca that José Carlos Martín’s, Los Vientos, is the best monovarietal rufete one can find. The Rufete grape variety is indigenous to the Sierra de Salamanca; delicate and fine, it has some similar characteristics to pinot noir. The 80-year-old vines grow in terraced plots at 610 meters above sea level in a protected UNESCO biosphere reserve, surrounded by wildlife. Los Vientos is one of the few remaining Rufete monovarietals made in the Sierra de Salamanca DO.
Los Vientos is light cherry red in colour with a violet rim, clear and crystalline. Ripe red fruit, floral, with notes of sloe berries, fine cacao, and hints of wild herbs. On the palate, it’s fresh, structured, balanced, and juicy.
The cultivation is organic and completely manual and the wine is aged for a short period of 3 months in French oak in order not to influence the natural flavour of the Rufete grape.
This is an authentic terroir-wine, as are all the liquid creations of Luis Miguel and Autenticos Viñadores.
Annual Production: 3,000 bottles (The club has access to 300 annually)
Type: Tinto (Red)
Palate: Dry, fresh, balanced and structured
Finish: Clean & crisp
Grape Variety: 100% Rufete
Viticulture / Farming: Organic & Sustainable - Terroir Driven
Viñedos Verticales - Filitas y Lutitas 2017
Pale yellow in colour with light gold. On the nose, intense and complex with notes of white flowers, stone fruits, almonds, very mineral. In the mouth, round and persistent, with good acidity and a salty finish.
Ever heard of heroic viticulture? That’s the term used to describe the cultivation of grapes on steep slopes and mountainsides, not an easy task.
Viñedos Verticales is a family endeavour started by Juan Muñoz, a 3rd generation winemaker, and Vicente Inat, a talented enologist with experience in several Spanish wine regions. The vineyards are located on the vertigo-inducing rocky inclines of Axarquia, Malaga, in view of the Mediterranean.
Their philosophy in winemaking is to work respectfully with the environment both in the vineyard and the winery. Tending to their vertical vineyards is labour intensive and results in small yields of high-quality wine with loads of character.
They work with old vines of Pedro Ximén, Doradilla, Garnacha, and Romé, but their crown jewel is the ancient Moscatel de Alexandria also known as Muscat of Malaga, one of the oldest remaining unmodified genetic lines of grapevine, originating from North Africa (Alexandria).
Annual Production: 5,300 bottles (The Club has access to 500 annually)
Finish: Smooth & Long
Grape Variety: Coupage of 90% Moscatel de Alejandría, 10% Pedro Ximén
Viticulture / Farming: Sustainable Farming - Terroir Driven