4 Monos - Albillo Real 2018
Region: Sierra de Gredos / Madrid
If you haven't experienced a white from 4 Monos before then it almost has a Loire like sensation on the palate with hints of peach and preserved lemons, with a hint of white flowers, dried herbs and clove. Air allows a sense of texture, while it stays nicely brisk.
This wine comes from three very old vine (90+ years) vineyards in Cadalso de los Vidrios. The sites sit on sandy granitic soils at an altitude of 800m.
Made in a fresh style they used native yeasts for the primary fermentation after cold-macerating the whole clusters for 6 hours, then pressing into a combination of steel tanks and barrels for 40 days before being racked into neutral 300 litre casks for 6 months before bottling.
4 Monos is the project of four Madrid locals; winemakers Javier García (formerly the head winemaker at Méntrida icon Bodegas Jiménez-Landi) and Laura García, wine-lover David Velasco, and vineyard holder David Moreno. They have spent the last 10 years slowly building up their own holdings and acquiring a small winery, while still working with local organic growers.
Their focus is on organic vineyards and minimal intervention in the wine, while supporting less known local varieties such as Morenillo.