A complex yet appealing blend of indigenous white grapes from Rias Baixas: Albarino gives power to the blend; Loureiro gives elegance; Treixadura gives aroma.
Pronounced floral, citrus and herb aromas. The palate has the refreshing crisp, citrus flavours of Albariño balanced by touches of green apple from the Treixadura and herbal, lightly smoky notes from Loureiro.
This Rias Baixas pioneer was founded in 1985 and has made its name over the past two decades for producing classically-styled, great quality, Albariño. There are five sub-regions in Rias Baixas. Bodegas La Val are based in Condado do Tea - away from the coast and just over the Portuguese border.
In 2003 they built a brand new winery in Arantei, over-looking the Miño river, and equipped with the most modern winemaking technology. Vines are around thirty years old, and are grown on the Pergola system, as is typical in the region. This aids ventilation of the grapes, protecting them from excess humidity and mositure. All fruit is hand-harvested.
With over 90 hectares of vineyard across the region, they are one of the largest vineyard owners in Rìas Baixas, and all their wines are produced from their own fruit. As a result they are one of the most reliable sources of good quality, moderately-priced Albariño.
The Albariño, Treixadura and Loureiro grapes were all grown in Condado do Tea, and were harvested at the end of September.
Destalked grapes are macerated for 6 hours at 8ºC. Then the must is pressed, racked and undergoes temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel for around 3 weeks. The three grape varieties are fermented separately and then blended.
Perfect with fish or chicken dishes, pasta and risotto.
Albarino/Alvarinho and Loureiro and Trajadura
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