Bodegas La Val
La Val Finca Arantei Albariño 2021
Spain / Galicia
Andy's Tasting Notes
Good vine age gives you an Albarino with classic elegance yet more depth and intensity.
Production notes –
The Albariño grapes for this wine are sourced from the single Arantei estate at the extreme south of Condado de Tea – where it is the first vineyard in the region to begin harvesting. Arantei is a 35 hectare vineyard, around 22 years old, located in the old river bed – where pebbles are a main feature in the rich clay and mineral soil. It has a southerly aspect, aiding ripening. Harvesting is by hand, with careful grape selection. The grapes are destemmed, undergo a 6 hour cold maceration at 10ºC (to add texture to the wine), and are then fermented using natural yeasts in stainless steel at a controlled temperature. The wine is rested on its lees for at least 3 months before bottling, with regular batonnage.
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.
Price per bottle £14.25
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.