La Val Orballo Albariño, Rias Biaxas, Spain 2020



The Galician climate is clearly Atlantic, due the proximity to the ocean, with warm temperatures and abundant rainfall, the landscape is green and lush, with many rivers and extraordinary beaches. The Albarino grape is indigenous to this area and obviously flourishes here. It does have a unique flavour and really reflects the environment ‘terroir’ where it has been grown.

This is a blend of grapes from two estates in the south of DO Rías Baixas in Galicia, north west Spain. Taboexa is a 13ha estate at 300m above sea level, with sandy and granitic soil typical of the region. The Arantei estate is at just 30m above sea level – with clay and pebbly soil. The different terroirs of these two estates lead to complexity and balance in the wine. The mineral and fruity charcter from Arantei is balanced by the freshness of the Taboexa estate.

Clear and bright in appearance with hints of lemon yellow and green. Grapefruit, lemon and lime aromas dominate with hints of white flowers, acacia and orange blossom. The elegant palate has lovely vibrancy with those citrus and floral characters coming through along with notes of tropical fruit. This wine is so refreshing, it leaves you wanting another glass. With wines like this it is easy to understand why the Albarino grape has become so hugely popular.

With regards to food and wine pairing, people often say ‘what grows together, goes together’ and this is most definitely the case with Albarino and the fresh shellfish and seafood that is pulled from the ocean and served up in Galicia. I would serve this wine with oysters, mussels, calamari, grilled octopus or fish tacos.

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