Esencia Divina Albariño

"Shows real tension and nervy cut on the finish, which hangs on with excellent, mineral-driven persistence." —
Josh Raynolds, Vinous Media
Rias Baixas D.O.
100% Albariño, from 50-year-old, estate-grown vines
10 meters / decomposed granitic sandy loam
Farming Methods
Traditional methods, Vegan
Hand harvested in mid-late September, fruit was then hand sorted at the winery prior to processing
Grapes were cold macerated with skins for 8 hours prior to pressing, fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperature
Aged 3 months with fine lees in stainless steel tank
Suggested Retail Price
Wine Name
Esencia Divina Albariño 2021
93 (WRO) 92 (OB) 91 (VfC) 90 (WE)
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93 Wine Review Online Despite having made multiple trips to Rias Baixas, I’ve never enjoyed the opportunity to visit this bodega in order to learn how such exemplary consistency is achieved across the various releases from Adegas Gran Vinum every year — or how they worked up the nerve to give a wine this name. In any case, this is awesome juice that makes the name seem somewhat less audacious, with significantly more richness, depth of flavor and persistency of finish than the other new 2021 releases. As the wine warms and opens in the glass, it reveals a hint of tropical fruits alongside the core of pitted fruits (reminiscent of nectarines and apricots). The factor of serving temperature is worth revisiting, as this wine definitely gets better as it warms, whereas showing wines cold to cover flaws is a very old sales trick. No tricks needed here, and no flaws, either. This would be a killer pairing for shellfish, but more broadly, also for almost any seafood dish not involving a tomato sauce. Substantial but refreshing, this is already terrific but destined for another few years of improvement.
Michael Franz – February 15, 2022
92 The outstanding 2021 Esencia Divina Albarino comes from 50 year old estate vines. The wine was aged for three months on the lees in stainless tanks before bottling. Very stony and sandy once on the mouth, this shows off its smooth texture with bright mango and melon fruit flavors. Enjoy over the next several years. Drink 2022-2027.
Owen Bargreen - July 20, 2022
91 View from the Cellar I love that the winery is now making magnums of their entry level Albariños available in the American market (please see below). The 2021 Esencia Diviña bottling shows a bit more depth on both the nose and palate than the fresh as a daisy Nessa bottling in this vintage, jumpingfrom the glass in a fine aromatic constellation of lime, tart pear, lemongrass, salty minerality, agentle touch of leesiness from some aging on its fine lees and a topnote of Chablis-like straw tones. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and shows good mid-palate depth, withlovely acids and grip, fine focus and a long, complex and very well-balanced finish. Another fine, fine value. 2022-2030+.
John Gilman – Issue 98 March-April 2022
90 Wine Enthusiast With aromas of Bartlett pear, toasted almond and toffee, this wine offers opening flavors of Granny Smith apple and lychee that wash across the palate before being joined by notes of hazelnut and thyme. It has good mouthfeel that drops away into a soft finish.
Mike Desimone - August/September 2022 Issue
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Esencia Divina Albariño 2022
93 (WRO) 93 (OB) 93 (WE) 92 (VfC)
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93 Wine Review Online It takes something like, self-confidence to name your winery “Gran Vinum” and then release — as your 2nd tier wine — a bottling called “Esencia Divina.” This is not a criticism, nor is it an accusation of arrogance, for the simple reason that these wines deliver on their names, which is no small feat (and they do it in less-than-stellar vintages, too). This is not quite up to the “Grand Vin” of Grand Vinum’s “Selección Especial” in terms of physical weight, nor is it quite as classy, as it shows more tropical notes and overall flamboyance, whereas the Selección Especial” shows the weight and restraint of, well, a great Sumo champion. Still, this is more in line with regular consumer expectations even though the wine is way, way better than the norm, and at a price lower by $10, it will be the better choice for many buyers, if not the better wine by overall critical standards. Still conspicuously rich, with lightly floral aromas followed by impactful flavors of ripe peaches, mangoes and baked apples, this is very substantial and satisfying, but still pure in flavor and finish, with enough acidity to invite sip after sip. Excellent, period.
Michael Franz - Oct 17, 2023
93 2022 Esencia Divina Albarino- A truly great wine out of the Gran Vinum collection, the 2022 Esencia Divina Albarino was sourced from vines roughly 50 years of age. Stored on the lees in stainless tanks before bottling, this has wonderful saline drenched melon and citrus fruit tones on the palate, displaying serious tension and flavor density. Finishing very long, this is quite simply and incredible wine that will drink well for another eight years to come. Drink 2023-2031
Owen Bargreen - October, 2023
93 Wine Enthusiast Adegas Gran Vinum 2022 Esencia Diviña (Rías Baixas). This pale straw-colored wine has a bouquet of nectarine and orange blossom. Vivid acidity and a soft texture offer a pleasing backdrop to apricot, honeydew melon and Turkish Delight flavors with a closing note of saline. Grapes of Spain. Hidden Gem.
MIke DeSimone, Issue June/ July 2024
92 View from the Cellar The 2022 “Esencia Divina” from Adega Gran Vinum is a lovely bottle of Albariño. The bouquet is bright and precise, hopping from the glass in a complex mix of fresh lime, green apple, salty minerality, a gentle touch of leesy tones, orange peel and a floral topnote redolent of citrus blossoms. On the palate the wine is vibrant, full-bodied, focused and complex, with fine depth at the core, lovely mineral undertow, zesty acids and a long, beautifully balanced finish. Though this is one of the entry level bottles from Gran Vinum, it is made from vines that are fifty years of age and the old vine depth is very much evident in this fine 2022 version! 2023-2033.
John Gilman - Issue #105 May/June 2023.
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Esencia Divina Albariño 2023
92+ (VfC)
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92+ View from the Cellar The Esencia Diviña cuvée from Adegas Gran Vinum is a step up from their entry level wines, as this is crafted from fifty year-old Albariño vines, planted on sandy soils of decomposed granite. The 2023 version shows the added depth of these old vines, offering up scents of tart pear, fresh lime, white flowers, ocean breeze and a lovely base of salty minerality. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, complex and beautifully proportioned, with a fine core, lovely soil signature, zesty acids and a long, poised and seamlessly balanced finish. Fine juice that will age very well indeed and be an even more complex glass of wine with three to five years in the cellar. 2024- 2035+. +.
John Gilman; Issue 109, January – February 2024
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