Serra i Barcelo 'Aucala' Garnacha Blanca 2018

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney
There is a thorough selection process at picking and a second manual selection in the bodega, after which the fruit is gently de-stemmed by hand. The wines are aged in low toast, used, 400 litre French oak for 16 months or so. Free-run-decanted unfiltered to bottle during an appropriate moon phase in January.

Garnatxa Blanca from several plots around the village of Gandesa, in the locale known as Aucal. The landscape here is dominated by Mediterranean pine.

Rich with some barrel spiciness, the nose has the smell of nutty tannin in fresh-cut white fruit - custard apple, feijoa ... and a touch of earthier spiced quince. The palate is a joyful romp of rich, buoyant fruit wonderfully constrained structurally by extremely neat spice, tannin grip from oak, fine acidity and flashing minerals a-plenty. There's orchard-fruit perfume a-plenty in the back palate with lovely acidity, and a touch of refreshing astringency to close. Such a cleverly constructed (and delicious!) wine.