The grapes were harvested by hand and cold-macerated. Alcoholic fermentation of this white wine from Priorat was carried out in French oak barrels, where the wine was also aged for 6 months and drawn-off three times.
Following the biodynamic calendar, Òlbia 2016 was bottled in a fruit day.
Production is ridiculously limited. Less than 1,000 bottles.
Decant 1 hour before drinking. Drink through 2024.
The white wine Òlbia has a very bright, clean straw colour with some golden tinges.
Some truly evocative mineral notions, kaleidoscopic and ever-evolving, define the nose of this white wine aged in oak. The fruit is also prominent, bright and extremely pure. Ripe pears, apples and white flowers, with hints of toast, smoke, spices and aromatic herbs.
Palate-coating and lush, but with the trademark Priorat acidity and freshness, Òlbia by Marco Abella shows a great balance between fruit and oak. Toast, white fruit, citrus, honey, royal jelly, rosemary, smoke and mineral. Excellent acidity, great focus, and long, enchantingly mineral finish.
|Our personal opinion||
Rewardingly complex and age-worthy, Òlbia 2016 is an "under the radar" Priorat white wine that truly deserves the attention of the serious drinker.
Macabeo, White Grenache and Pedro Ximénez. Enterwine 93. Peñín 91.
Blend of Macabeo, White Grenache and Viognier.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||40-60 minutes before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||Yes|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Ageing||Fermented in Barrel|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||6|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||Viognier 49%, Garnacha Blanca 48%, Pedro Ximénez 3%.|
|Pairings||bluefish, Cod, Cured cheeses, Curred fish, Foie Gras, Grilled fish, Poultry, Rice with fish, Risotto, Soft pasta cheese, Whitefish salads|
|Taste||Fresh and dry, Fruity and Fresh, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
Similar to southern Rhône whites. The exciting minerality sets it apart, however. It stil has some baby fat, but I think it will shake it in 2-3 years, becoming a real palate killer.
Creamy, big-structured, with a crisp acidity that keeps everything in place. As somebody said, maybe Priorat's future is in its white wines.