We describe it as a textbook 'Galician' vintage. The good weather at the beginning of spring meant budbreak occurred ten days earlier than the standard dates in the area. Occasional rainfall favoured the correct development of the plant and the mild temperatures and fine weather ensured that flowering was satisfactory. The summer was cool and dry, except in September when a number of Atlantic weather fronts, accompanied by instability and moderate rainfall, delayed the start of the grape harvest, which was one of the longest in recent years due to the interruptions caused by the rain. The harvest ended on 6 October.
100% Albariño grapes from our vineyards in O Rosal and Cambados (D.O. Rias Baixas).
We started the harvest on 16 September at the Silvosa vineyard (O Rosal) and one day later at our Viñadeiro vineyard (O Salnés). After an initial selection of bunches in the field, we hand-picked the grapes in small boxes, which were transported refrigerated to the winery.
For the first time ever, the entire harvest passed through an optical sorting machine —the first winery in Rías Baixas with this system— discarding grapes that did not meet our technicians' strict parameters. After cooling and maceration, the wine was pressed in an inert atmosphere with nitrogen to prevent oxidation. After racking, the clean must was fermented at 15ºC. In this vintage, 33% of the tanks underwent malolactic fermentation. Right until bottling, the wine rests with its fine lees which are kept suspended with periodic stirrings, thus adding complexity to the wine.
Clean and bright, green colour with golden reflections. Pronounced aroma, with the distinctive white fruit of the Albariño variety, such as apple and ripe pear. Pineapple and quince fruit hints are also prominent, with notes of lemon peel. Particularly crisp, lively and with good structure on the palate, with excellent persistence.
Perfect to enjoy with any appetiser. It is the ideal companion to seafood and fish, as well as salads, fish rice dishes, fowl, and fresh cheese. Ideal in combination with Asian dishes, for example, with sushi or sashimi.