Bobal (pronounced ‘bow-bal’) gets its name from the Latin ‘bovale’, which means – ‘in the shape of a bull’s head’. It is thought that the name derives from the shape of the Bobal grape cluster, which looks like a bull’s head. Dark skinned and indigenous to Utiel-Requena, it is one of the most planted grape varieties in Spain. It is notable for its high acidity and thick skins packed with anthocyanins. Bobal wines are typically intensely coloured and packed with firm tannins.
The Alvarez Nölting Bobal was made in large 5,000 tanks, where the grapes were macerated for 24 hours under cool temperatures to softly extract aromas and flavours. Vinified for 10-12 days, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation before being transferred to barrels.
Lovers of plush and full flavoured red wines will certainly enjoy the Alvarez Nölting Bobal. Purplish red in the glass, the nose exhibits dark aromas of blackberries, plums, blueberries and violets. On the palate it is full bodied with firm tannins and ripe blackfruit flavours. Mouth-filling with a lingering finish, it is a strong pairing for grilled meats and firm cheeses.