The cool, northwestern Spanish region of Galicia guarantees crisp fresh, fruity and elegant wines. For example this delicious Albariño from Rías Baixas.
It is made by Manuel Mendez, from the lovely family winery Pazo do Mar. This bodega has its vineyards further inland, so that the Atlantic influence is less and the grapes can ripen a bit more than closer to the coast.
Manuel harvests his albariño by hand. Some of the grapes come from Rías Baixas sub-region Condado do Tea. After the harvest, a short soaking follows and the grapes are destemmed and pressed. Fermentation takes place with the help of grape yeasts, in stainless steel tanks. Before bottling, the wine matures for some time on the yeasts.
It gives a tasty white wine with notes of citrus, apricot, white flowers and a salty touch. Preferably drink it like the locals do: in combination with everything fresh from the sea.