Published on June 25th, 2020 | by Ruben0
Ás de Mirabrás 2019 (Barbadillo)
Ás de Mirabrás is a little sister to the Mirabrás white wine (or sobretabla if you like) that was first launched by Bodegas Barbadillo in 2014. It is made with 100% Palomino Fino but contrary to Mirabrás it ferments in stainless steel tanks rather than barrels. No flor influence, no lees, no wood, just pure albariza.
Also different from Mirabrás is the provenance of the grapes. In this case they come from old vines from a wider selection of pagos between Sanlúcar and Jerez: Miraflores, Macharnudo, Campix, Añina and Santa Lucía. Winemaker Montse Molina spent two years selecting the best vines in these plots.
While Barbadillo’s bodegas are located in Sanlúcar, most people forget that a lot of their vineyards are actually very far inland, near Gibalbín, almost 30 kilometers North-East of Jerez. While the original Mirabrás is made from a slightly warmer, courser grape juice, we expect this to be a fresher mix.
Ás de Mirabras 2019 (14%, Barbadillo)
Nose: a youthful, very accessible nose with white fruits. Peaches and green apples, maybe a little pineapple. Very juicy and sapid. Just a little shell-like minerality and faint saline touch, this is made closer to the sea after all. Subtle floral touches as well. No oak, this is all about the fruits.
Mouth: again very tasty and juicy, with a good acidity. Some yeasty and mineral notes, light bready notes. Pebblestones. Still a big fruity core, always supple and fresh. Medium finish.
Availability: around € 12 but distribution is not very wide so far. For international shipping, try Coalla.
Summary: This wine is faultless and easy to grasp: any wine lover will appreciate it. It lacks the complexity and marked personality of the flor-influenced whites, but it will surely make a nice introduction to the region. Perfect for a hot summer day.