Pazo Barrantes, Albariño 2018 - Magnum

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  • Type:

    White

  • Country:

    Spain

  • Region:

    Galicia

  • Area:

    Rias Baixas

  • ABV:

    13.30%

  • Grape:

    Albarino

  • Grape Blend:

    Albarino 100%

  • Bottle Size:

    1500ml

Pazo Barrantes Albariño 2018 - Magnum - Wine

Tasting Notes

An aromatic, fresh and tasty white wine. A fantastic vintage that shows all the typical fruitiness of the albariño on the nose. White citrus fruit, floral notes and a mineral background. In the mouth, it is silky but easy to drink and with a very long finish.

Production Notes

After hand picking, the grapes are carefully de-stemmed and then gently pressed. The grape must (no skins) is fermented in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks for 30 days. The juice is left in contact with its lees for four months in the pursuit of texture and density. It is then aged in tank for at least five months and bottled three months before release. Bottled in March 2018 Pazo Barrantes develops an attractive aromatic complexity and mouth feel along its ageing in bottle.

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Producer Profile

Although Pazo Barrantes has been the ancestral home to the Creixell family (owners of renowned Riojan winery Marques de Murrieta) since the 15th century and where Albarino has been grown and made for generations, it was not until 1982, when the vineyards were re-planted and 1991, when the winery was built, that it started to release their wines. Located in the Salnes valley, just a few kilometres from the Atlantic coast, the winery boasts 12 hectares of Albarino vineyards surrounding the 16th century Galician Palace. All the vines are trained high on supporting wires in the Parral trellis system, as is the local tradition, to guard against mildew and rot, and also to assist ripening. The soil is sandy, acidic and shallow. Yields at the estate are normally 8-9.000 kg/Ha, and production is around 200,000 bottles per year. The unique Albarino grape is intensely aromatic and redolent of peaches, apricots and almonds on the palate, and has the ability to age gracefully. The typically wet climate of the Salnes valley is interrupted in July and August by two months of bright hot weather that enables the delicate Albarino grape to ripen correctly. The grapes are harvested in early September, and the harvest is over within a week. The packaging takes its cues from all aspects of the estate: the famous three clog crest which signified the Zapata family who originally owned the house; the beautiful ochre colour which matches the shade of lichen that grows all over the estate, and the flora and scallop shells seen on the painted label that are so deeply associated with Galicia as a region. The winery shares the same values as the Rioja estate: offering the finest wines possible whilst maintaining the respect for tradition and nature. Maria Vargas who makes all the Rioja travels up to Galicia each September to oversee production of this estate to ensure consistency on the house style. The Pazo Barrantes style is rich and full, released last out of all the wineries in the region after a slow malolactic fermentation and is intended to develop well in bottle.