Abel Mendoza Tempranillo Blanco 2018
21,90€ (MwSt inkl. 75 cl.)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
No 2017 was produced, so I only tasted the 2018 Tempranillo Blanco, a ripe white with 14% alcohol from vines averaging six years of age. It fermented in French oak barrels with indigenous yeasts and matured in those barrels for some five months with the fine lees that were periodically stirred. This is the white variety that Abel Mendoza considers to be rounder and gentler, with good ripeness and a pleasant, soft mouthfeel. He looked for places where the grapes didn't ripen excessively and behaved better with yields of around 5,000 kilos, otherwise it can be too concentrated/ripe. That also helps to keep the freshness and is the first of the five white varieties to be harvested. It has some bittersweet flavors and good freshness. The plants didn't suffer in 2016, as there was enough water, and the wine feels more fluid and more relaxed. This can turn tannic in dry years; it behaves better in cooler years. 1,626 bottles were filled in March 2019.
Zwischen 8ºC und 10ºC
Fermented and aged for 5 months in French oak barrels.