Pazo de Galegos 2018 Albarino, Rias Baixas DO
Item Number: 13013
Sub Region: Rias Baixas
Appellation/AVA: Rias Baixas DO
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Albariño
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Sand
Elevation: 738 feet
Terroir Notes: Pazo de Galegos is located in Valle del Ulla, one of the sought after subzones in Rías Baixas. This subzone has a drier, warmer climate, which allows the difficult-to-ripen Albariño grape to reach full maturity consistently year after year. The vineyard’s soil is sandy, which provides good water drainage and heat retention. In general, sand offsets undesired humidity, which can result in maladies for the vine. The low nutrients and low vigor of the soil limits vegetative growth and keeps yields naturally low, resulting in more concentrated aromas and flavors.
Winemaking Notes: After the best bunches are manually selected, the clusters of grapes are destemmed and slightly crushed. The must macerates on the skins for 6-8 hours at a cool temperature. Fermentation takes place at low temperature (16°C or 61°F) with indigenous yeast. When fermentation is completed, the wine undergoes partial malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged in stainless steel tanks on the lees for 3-5 months before bottling.
Tasting Notes: Pazo de Galegos is an exceptional example of how delicate and serene the Albariño grape can be when harvested at full physiological ripeness. Vibrant and precise on the nose, displaying intense, mineral-accented aromas of tangerine, honeydew and fennel, with a deeper pear note in the background. Concentrated, sappy and incisive on the palate, offering energetic citrus and orchard fruit flavors and a slow-building floral quality. A rich but nervy Albariño with a long, mineral-driven finish and an echoing floral note.