- Rias Baixas
- White, Aromatic and Dry
Tasting Note: Fresh, sparky Albariño from rainy Galicia in northern Spain, balancing salt and citrus with tropical fruit, so that the mango, pineapple and lychee soften the lime and greengages, resulting in a pleasing, food-friendly whole.
Food Matching: Ideal as an aperitif or with starters like smoked salmon. Also it is a great companion for any kind of vegetable dishes such as artichokes and asparagus.
Vineyard: Mar de Frades lies in the heartland of Rias Baixas, Salnes. This is the truest expression of the terrior, nestled upon the Galician coast where the seawater washes up on the shore finds its way through the breeze onto the skins of Albarino grapes giving its notorious salinity. Paula Fandino is one of Galicias gifts and crafts incredible wines from these vines that they try and maintain with zero sulfur additions. Due to the very marginal climate (where many of the world's greatestwines are created) this is not always possible, but it is certainly at the centre of the wineries ethos in the vineyard. Rias Baixas has a very unique trellising system called a Parra which is supported by the iconic granite posts you can see in the region. This ensures the grapes get as much sun exposure as possible and limits the damage caused by pest and disease.
Vinification: The finest Albariño grapes were selected in the cellar. After this, the fruit goes through selection tables and only the whole, healthy and turgid grapes (12% of the total harvest is discarded) pass to the maceration process, where with the help of CO2, the most delicate aromatics are derived from the grapes. The juice is fermented naturally with their own yeast in a slow and delicate, controlled environment to capture the most Atlantic and refined, mineral aromas.
Awards and Press News: ...push the proverbial boat out for some of Spain’s smartest dry whites, such as the latest release from Mar de Frades, where the fruit is crystalline, the texture silky, and that seasidey briney quality, so evocative of its origins in Rías Baixas in Atlantic coastal Galicia, is in full invigorating effect. David Williams, Guardian, Sunday 25th May 2020