Sal da Terra Albariño Rías Baixas DO 2018

Sal da Terra Albariño Rías Baixas DO 2018
£28.00 / bottle£319.20 / case (12 bottles)
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Country: Spain
Grape variety: Albariño
Wine region: Rías Baixas
Wine style: Aromatic Whites
Wine Type: White Wines
Wine Type: Vegan Wine
Wine Type: Limited Edition Wines
Drink: Now to 2023
Unoaked
Cork
ABV: 12%

Tasting Notes

I fell in love with the aromatic grape variety, Albariño, a few years ago and have been converting people over to its wines ever since. Albariño is one of the best Spanish still white wines and although there are a lot of cheaper versions, there are also some great quality Albarinos like this one which is organic (currently uncertified) and vegan-friendly.


The Rías Baixas region with its relatively cool (and somewhat damp) climate produces the best examples. The grape is low-yielding which adds to the concentration and complexity of the wines. Albariño is widely regarded as an aromatic grape variety though the wines manage to combine fruity flavours with crisp minerality and fresh acidity. Some of the wine was fermented in large chestnut barrels and then blended with wine fermented in concrete so the wood influence is subtle.


The dry white wine is very fragrant - a distinctive peach flesh aroma, apricots and citrus fruits. On the palate the wine is intensely fruity (apples, peaches, lime and apricots) with some spice and almond notes. There is crisp lime on the finish. The wine is quite rich but the minerality and crisp acidity prevent the intense flavous making this wine too heavy.

The structure and the more developed flavours mean that this wine is a wine to be consumed with food and it will stand up to quite strongly flavoured dishes.

Food Pairing

Recommended if you want to impress your friends with an "in vogue" wine.  Pair with fish, including oily fish and fish served in Mediterranean tomato-based sauces, goats cheese. Since it is quite rich and full-bodied it will also pair well with quite strongly flavoured dishes

Producer's Notes

"Ripe citrus, stone fruit and white blossoms on the nose, with a hint of stony minerality. Despite refreshing zesty acidity there is
wonderful breadth on the palate, with flavours of yellow peach, lime cordial and a sea-breeze salinity lingering on the finish."

Awards

17 points     JancisRobinson.com   Dec 19
"... intense and rich – really quite outstanding as an Albariño in fact ... There is real breadth to its impact on the palate (unlike so many Albariños) and a distinct sea-breeze quality to it, with impressive grip on the end. I shared what was left in the bottle with some friends and it was gone in no time. This is a wine to make me fall in love with Albariño again."

Intense but elegant white wine from the Albariño grape variety, combining aromatics - distinctive but subtle peach, apricot and citrus fruit notes - with a saline minerality and fresh acidity. Described as a wine to make you fall in love with Albarino (again)

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