La Val Finca Arantei Albarino



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This Rias 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 Rias Baixas. Bodegas La Val are based in Condado do Tea - away from the coast and just over the Portuguese border. In 2003 they built a brand new winery in Arantei, over-looking the Miño river, and equipped with the most modern winemaking technology.

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.

La Val Finca Arantei Albariño wine has lifted, floral aromas of citrus and peach. Minerality on the palate is balanced by stone fruit, lime and white spice - giving a long, elegant and crisp finish. A great wine with sushi or can match lightly spicy dishes such as beef and sesame noodles and Thai green curry.

Country: Spain
Region: Rias Baixas
Grapes: Albarino 100%
ABV: 12.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2020
Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes
Suitable for Vegans: Yes
Awards: 2018 Vintage - Sommelier Wine Awards Silver, 2016 Vintage - Sommelier Wine Awards 2018 Bronze

Finca Arantei Albariño 2020: “Luscious peach aromas, so rich it smells caramel licked. Smoke and stone and peach and pith, the flavours reverberating through the wine, taut as violin strings, salt-bitter-sweet-sharp cutting chromatic crystals into the peach, into the stone, through the smoke. Tingling lime-pinched acidity, sending electric currents of energy from start to finish. Vivid and complex. 17 pts.” Tamlyn Currin, (19th November ’21)

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