Grapes: 100% Albarino
This wine is produced from purchased grapes from vineyards averaging 25 years old. Winemaker, Enrique Pineiro works with around 30 small growers in the Val do Salnes sub-region of Rias Baixas, some with holdings as small as half a hectare. All of the fruit for this wine is hand harvested in small boxes. After cluster sorting the grapes are whole cluster pressed in a pneumatic press, followed by settling of the must with dry ice. The wine was fermented at 64∞ F in stainless steel tank. There is no malolactic fermentation. Aged for almost 2 months on fine lees.
Light yellow-gold. Pungent, pure aromas of honeydew, quinine, ginger and mint, with a kiss of jasmine. Offers good density and richness but also lively cut, with complex flavors of melon, citrus fruits and exotic bitter quinine. Finishes long, spicy and vibrant.
“Albarino is becoming increasingly popular, and with good reason, but one consequence is that it is becoming more difficult to find complete,.. A terrific rendition with subtle floral aromas leading to ripe peach flavors edged with citrus acidity.” 92 Points, Wine Review Online, Battle Tested Bargains from Around the World, Michael Franz, May 2018.
“There is a lot to like with this Albarino. Vibrant and currently displaying a wonderful salinity, Marcona almond, white peach and gooseberry flavors all come together and fill the glass. Balanced, with lovely acidity and minerality through the finish.” – 90 Points, International Wine Review, June 2018