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Pazo de Villarei Albariño, Rías Baixas 2020

White Wine from Spain
4.210530000 star rating 19 Reviews
A lovely fruity introduction to the fresh, aromatic quality of Spain's now famous north-west grape, albariño, a wine that is famously wonderful with seafood.
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Code: SP16571

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Albarino
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2023
  • 13% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
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Spain buyer Pierre Mansour introduces us to one of his favourite wine styles: Pazo de Villarei Albariño, Rías Baixas 2020. Video transcript

Video transcript

Pazo deVillarei Rias Baxias 2020 

This is one of my favourite wine styles coming out of Spain: albariño grown in the north-west, Galicia, a cooler part of Spain which lends itself to producing these wonderfully vibrant, lifted white wines. It’s albariño that has really spearheaded the revolution that we’ve seen in the quality of Spain’s white wines in recent years. Pazo de Villarei comes from Galicia. This is an aromatic, whistle-clean white wine with crisp acidity, and it’s the sort of white wine that goes absolutely beautifully with fresh seafood. Very much a specialism of this part of Spain. 

Pazo de Villarei

Galicia’s Celtic heritage is evident in the logo of Bodegas Pazo de Villarei, a newly dynamic enterprise with 81 hectares in Salnés, heartland of the Rías Baixas and centred on the charming town of Cambados (where a good parador with swimming pool awaits the weary wine tourist!).

The vineyards are located at altitudes between 100 and 300 m above sea level. An ideal micro-climate is created there with a temperate and humid climate. Mild temperatures in the summer allow the grapes to ripen slowly, thus maintaining all the aromas of the varieties as well as a significant level of acidity, both necessary for producing fresh fruity wines.

The banks of the River Umia provide shallow and sandy soil, abetting the humid Atlantic climate, which helps the maturation of the albariño grape used in making their single varietal wines. A natural and long fermentation in stainless-steel tanks at very low temperatures preserve all the aromatic potential of the variety.

Decanter

Tempting aromatics of orange blossom, plum, peach, nectarine peel and fresh herbs. Memorably bright and concentrated.

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