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Valminor 'Davila' Rias Baixas

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To the Galicians, albarino is as important to them as chardonnay is to Oz, and this one is a serious wine where albarino is the main act. Aromas of ripe stone fruits, spiciness and chopped herbs fills the nasal passages, whilst the palate is medium-bodied and lush with zippy, limy acidity, appealing licks of savouriness, and a dry, talcy finish. Shellfish is the go with this wine.

Winemaker's Notes

From top producers deploying the most careful viticulture and winemaking under the duress of the Atlantic climate, Albariño can prove a truly wonderful variety, combining heady richness and texture with a nervous, tingly-mineral acid line.

Rías Baixas (“low rivers”) has 3 main sub-zones. Salnes Valley is on the Atlantic coast near Pontevedra; O Rosal on the confluence of the River Mino (the border to Portugal) and the Atlantic; while Condado de Tea is a half-hour along the River away from the coast.

Plush-but-savoury nose, very suave with bitter herb and candied orange peel, cardamom-spiced apple ... It's immediately agreeable and slightly inscrutable to smell. The palate has a strong mineral tang thread, great composure and harmony with lovely brassy acidity, great line and length and enormous restraint of power and texture. Really impressive, delicious and rewarding. 75% Albariño / 15% Treixadura / 10% Loureiro.

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