Classification: Rias Baixas DO
This Albariño from Rias Baixas, North West of Spain have a distinctiev peacy flavour and, with their high acidity and light body.The palate possesses striking purity with flavours of pears and stonefruit given length and elegance by clean acidity.
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Round and full of flavour but not at the expense of drinkability. Has fine clean acidity and a gentle easy going charm. Bit of the old pie apple flavour on the aftertaste. Refreshing and delightful. And highly recommended. Rating 92 - Gray Walsh, www.winefront.com.au, (21/JUL/2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
The nose displays apple, citrus and tropical fruit aromas with underlying minerality.
A crisp and fruit driven expression of Albariño. The palate possesses striking purity with flavours of pears and stonefruit given length and elegance by clean acidity.
An outstanding vintage. The spring and early summer was damp, refreshing the vineyards before a hot but consistent summer with few true spikes. A remarkable Autumn, warm days alternating with cool nights ensured a perfect balance of ripeness and acidity.
Harvested in small batches and transferred directly to the winery. Utmost effort to prevent oxygen ingress through the entire winemaking process. Completely de-stemmed and given a long, cool fermentation. Malo-lactic fermentation is prevented during a short maturation in stainless steel vats before bottling.
Spanish Wine Laws (DO/DOC)
Spanish wine laws created the Denominación de Origen (DO) system in 1932 and were later revised in 1970. The system shares many similarities with the hierarchical Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) system of France.
As of 2009, there were 77 Quality Wine areas across Spain. Each DO has a Consejo Regulador, which acts as a governing control body that enforces the DO regulations and standards involving viticultural and winemaking practices. These regulations govern everything from the types of grapes that are permitted to be planted, the maximum yields that can be harvested, the minimum length of time that the wine must be aged and what type of information is required to appear on the wine label. Wineries that are seeking to have their wine sold under DO or DOC status must submit their wines to the Consejo Regulador laboratory and tasting panel for testing and evaluation. Wines that have been granted DO/DOC status will feature the regional stamp of the Consejo Regulador on the label.