Wine Review of Marc & Emma Bournazeau Terra Remota Winery ‘Ales Blanques’ Garnatxa Blanca, Vi da Taula from Catalonia, Spain
The Ales Blanques cuvée (translate as white wings) by Northern Spain’s Terra Remota winery is made from 100% Garnacha Blanca grapes (or Grenache Blanc).
After fermentation, it was aged on its lees for 4-6 months.
Overall Tasting Impressions
While this white wine from Northern Spain’s Catalonia wine region features a relatively pale lemon-yellow color, its aromatic profile is quite fragrant, dominated by notes of lime and aromatic herbs (basil and sage). It smells quite spicy with green pepper aromas, with hints of floral characters such as honeysuckle, and clear fresh green wood tones like acacia.
The palate confirms this is a dry and crisp white wine meant to be paired with food and to deliver a refreshing thirst-quenching experience.
Flavors of citrus are dominant initially, although relatively discrete, while the mid-palate sees an explosion of vegetal green capsicum, lily flowers, and acacia notes.
The finish is long and zing with a solid and long-lasting lime aftertaste, including the slightly-bitter phenolics, and a subtle sulfuric and mineral note.
A wine made for pairing with richly-flavored tapas and generous hot dishes.
Chorizo sausage, garlic bread, roquette salad or garlic snails (called cargols locally in Catalunya) come to my mind as the perfect matches for such a zingy, floral and grassy Spanish white.