Contador Macizo 2009, Catalonia
Contador Macizo 2009 by now has a medium gold colour with some intensity. Nose marked minerality, wrapped in striking wood ageing notes, hints of wild herbs(rosemary for example) and dry flowers. Fruit nose is slightly suppressed to start, driving a full-bodied white with a bit of bottle age to round it out. Barrel fermented, the palate is powerful, warmly Meditteranean. In the finish, the soft acidity conditioned by the nuttiness and creaminess from oak fermentation and 8-month, 50% new oak ageing on lees, rounded with dry citrus and green apple fruit, herbal accents, a rippled texture, dry white fruit, smokiness and elements of pastry type of ripeness.
Parker et al. also mentions the ageing potential of this unique white wine. A sophisticated white from Catalonia, with 50% Xarel-lo with the rest from Garnacha, Malvasia and Chardonnay.
1) Biodynamically made hence all things are well-taken care. Free-spirited wine not to conform to the strictures of the Consejo Regulador (the regional regulatory body) therefore we are getting the best.
2) A beautiful juxtaposition of fiercely traditional winemaking practices and forward-thinking technology is classic Benjamin Romeo hence very easy to drink with a great sense of place.
Just 16000 bottles for each year from 1.5 kg of grapes per vine hence very high quality!
3)No score, so no inflated prices.