This wine is produced from a hillside, single vineyard, Miranda Aurosa, which has sandy and granite soils. The vineyard is worked in the same way as vineyards have been for generations, enriched with clam and cockleshells. The vineyard follows the Galician tradition of using granite posts (like a goalpost) with vines trained in pergolas, to raise them off the ground allowing rain to evaporate more readily, minimizing disease pressure.
All of the fruit was harvested by hand into 20 KG boxes during the middle two weeks of September. The grapes were destemmed followed by a 24 hour cryomaceration with dry-ice prior to pressing. The grapes are very gently pressed by bladder press, essentiality to only break the skins obtaining the most aromatic, free-run portion of must. The must is settled for 36 hours prior to fermentation in stainless steel at 67° F for 22 days. After alcoholic fermentation the wine is clarified by gravity and racked to clean tank for aging for 3 months on fine lees, with weekly stirring.
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The 2015 Albariño “Selección Especial” from Adegas Gran Vinum is their flagship bottling, with the wine spending five months aging on its fine lees prior to bottling. The 2015 version is excellent, wafting from the glass in a complex blend of lime, green apple, lovely saline minerality, dried flowers and a topnote of menthol. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, crisp and classy, with a lovely core, excellent focus and grip, bright acids and lovely balance on the long and complex finish. This is really good Albariño! 2017-2025+. Jan/Feb 2017
(made with whole clusters and aged on its lees for five months, with weekly stirring) Pale gold. Vibrant, mineral-tinged citrus and orchard fruit aromas are complemented by suggestions of sea salt, jasmine and toasty lees. Nervy, palate-staining Meyer lemon, pear, honeysuckle and candied ginger flavors are underscored by a repeating mineral quality that gains power as the wine opens up. Delivers a serious punch of flavor but comes off lithe, finishing with excellent clarity and floral persistence. Spain’s New Releases, Part 2: Triumphs and Travails – May 16, 2017
Firm, polished and lively, this white shows purity and minerality. The pear, quince and grapefruit flavors are bright and clean. Shows good fruit, with depth and harmony. Drink now through 2020. 12 Diverse Spanish Whites
November 11, 2016