Vela Rias Baixas Albarino
|Pruning||Vertical Single Wire|
|Grape Variety||100% Albarino|
|Winemaker||Jose Manuel Amigo|
The flooded river estuaries (called Rias) that dot the dramatic coastline of Galicia in the remote north-west of Spain offer access to a lush and inviting landscape unique within the country. Even in the heat of summer, the ocean provides cooling afternoon breezes and plentiful rainfall.
Sourced from the sandy, low yielding soils of the Salnes sub-region arguably the finest soils in Rias Baixas. Hand picked in small batches before a fast and precise vinification without malolactic fermentation to maximise fruit expression before maturation on lees in stainless steel. The 2011 vintage was given an additional three months maturation on lees, to a total of six, before bottling.
2011 was an extremely unusual vintage, due to the absence of wind during flowering for the first time in over twenty years. This led to high crop levels which required significant bunch thinning to reduce yields. Summer temperatures were moderate and the harvest relatively straight forward. An elegant and restrained vintage.
Reflecting the vintage, the nose is somewhat restrained and very fresh with aromas of citrus and stone fruit lifted by floral highlights. The palate is very pure with flavours of cut apple, melon and lighter tropical fruits given definition by fine mineral acidity. The wine is more delicate than in previous vintages but has excellent length and will develop nicely. Serve well chilled.
|Vela Rias Baixas Albarino 2011 Consumer Tasting Note.pdf||320.2 KB|
|2010 Vela Rias Baixas Albarino.pdf||233.38 KB|