Nice to be back and to resume with a rarity from Castilla y Leon, namely Ermita Del Conde 2013 (Wine Soc. £11) The Albillo grape is confusing in having three different varieties, all very similar. This is the Albillo Mayor and the wine comes from a small vineyard (16 hectares) just outside the Ribero DO. As such, it is classed as a Vino de la Tierra.
Watery yellow in appearance, the nose had attractive fresh lemon and apple aromas – a little bit sherbet-like, as well. It had great mouth feel, the flavours being ripe melon with richness drying to a mineral finish. It was not unlike an un-oaked Burgundy, with that cliched ‘seam of acidity’ beloved of wine-writers. The finish was of medium length.
This is excellent value, a really well-made wine that would accompany stronger fish/shellfish flavours but also can be drunk, well-chilled as an aperitif. One of Richard’s rarities – well spotted!
[Richard: I had a credit at the WS – they are meticulous in refunding the cost of dodgy bottles – so looked for something interesting, as this proved to be. Never heard of or tried the grape before. Nothing to add to Geoff’s tasting note, just a good value, classy wine.]