2019/20 Finca Arantei Albarino, Bodegas La Val, Rias Baixas, Spain
Lifted, floral aromas of citrus and peach. Minerality on the palate is balanced by stone fruit, lime and white spice - giving a long, crisp and zesty finish.
12.5% ABV. Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.
Sommelier Wine Awards 2020 - Silver
This Rías 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 Rías Baixas. Bodegas La Val are based in Condado do Tea - away from the coast and just over the Portuguese border.
In 2003, a brand new winery was built in Arantei, overlooking the Miño river, equipped with the most modern winemaking equipment. Its vines are around thirty years old and they are grown on the Pergola system, as is typical in the region. This aids the ventilation of the grapes, protecting them from excess humidity and mositure that leads to rot. All fruit is hand-harvested.
With over 90 hectares of vineyards across the region, La Val is one of the largest vineyard owners in Rías Baixas, and all its wines are produced from its own grapes. As a result, it is one of the most reliable sources of good quality, moderately-priced Albariño.