Nanclares y Prieto, A Graña Albariño '18

Nanclares y Prieto, A Graña Albariño '18

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Salty, electric, acid-driven albariño aged in an old chestnut barrel; a great Spanish wine to try for those who love dry Loire chenin blanc or serious dry riesling.

Rías Baixas, Spain

Alberto Nanclares almost fell into winemaking when he bought a property with some vines near Cambados, in the heart of the Salnes Valley, quite close to the Atlantic. He joined forces with Silvia Prieto in 2007, and after years of refining their approach to growing grapes and making wine, they now make some of the most soulful wines in Rías Baixas. They farm organically (rare in this damp part of Spain), and use nothing but a small amount of sulfur in the winemaking. This wine might just be our favourite from their excellent lineup. It comes from a single northwest-facing plot of vines in the Salnes Valley, was pressed whole cluster, and fermented with wild yeasts. It aged for just over a year on the lees in a large old chestnut barrel, plus a smaller portion in stainless. The resulting wine has really engaging flinty, salty aromas, with lemon juice and a tart, rocky impression on the palate. This would be great with simply prepared seafood. Strongly recommended for acid freaks!