2017 VIONTA ALBARIÑO

Vionta Albarino

Tasting Notes

A fine white wine, with some notes of yellow and flashes of golden-green. Star bright. Tasting reveals its aromatic complexity, with a combination of tropical fruit notes and ripe fruit notes. Prominent features of the bouquet are mango, kiwi, peach, lemon, melon and pinneapple. Soft and agreeably acid on the palate, giving way to a melange of ripe fruits but brought to a peak of green apple, apricot and kiwi. Lees maceration has given it a body and structure with great personality. A long finish, highly aromatic with just a touch of bitterness a classic characteristic of the varietal.


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The Grape

Entirely from Albariño grapes. Predominantly from vineyards older than 15 years. Fermentation was carried out at controlled temperatures to preserve the floral and tropical notes. The combination of yeasts selected by our oenologists increases the great aroma-flavour complexity of these particularly delicate wines. In addition part of the production of this wine has been kept macerating on its lees (75%), a process which brings about an improvement in its structure. Due to the balanced levels of acidity the grapes delivered, it was decided not to undertake a malolactic fermentation. We therefore have a rounded wine with a balanced acidity typical of Albariño

The Blend

100% Albariño

Region & Vineyards

Without doubt one of the earliest harvests. The weather patterns of 2017 lead us to start at the end of August, some 15 days earlier than normal in this D.O. There was a good, gradual ripening process in the different vineyard plots. Some light rain at the beginning of the harvest allowed the grapes to swell, lowering the acidity and the alcohol level and increasing the yield at the winery.We were able to harvest without ant interruptions, beginning on 29th. August and finishing on 13th. September. In our winery we had 15 days of grape deliveries. The vegetative cycle of this vintage evolved with weather patterns which were benign to the plants. We had a winter with little rain, and with mild temperatures which brought forward bud burst. Spring was also dry, warm and with little rain. The early bud burst was evidenced by the fact that we had to begin vineyard work early, in mid April, as the vine shoots were already 15 centimetres long. A big drop in temperature at the end of the same month produced some frosts; most notably in the sub-zone Ribera do Ulla. Some vineyards lost a significant part of their production. The “Valle del Salnés” for its part was almost frost free. Conditions during the flowering phase and fruit set were good. It was a year free of “coulure”. The lack of mists and subsequent dew avoided the development of vine diseases such as mildew. Summer, for its part was warm, dry with few showers, which created some hydric stress in the sunniest sites. Even so the forecast yields for all the vineyards were fairly homogenous. Light rain at the beginning of the harvest allowed the grapes to recover the volumes lost because of that hydric stress.The ripeness monitoring done by our technical department indicated that this vintage was going to deliver great balance between alcohol and acidity and an extremely healthy crop. The weather was mild throughout the harvest period. The grapes coming into the winery showed no signs of vine disease such as mildew or oidium. The grapes harvested were entirely Albariño. Harvesting was done by hand using 18kg capacity plastic boxes to preserve the integrity and properties of the grapes.

Winemaking

Entirely from Albariño grapes. Predominantly from vineyards older than 15 years. Fermentation was carried out at controlled temperatures to preserve the floral and tropical notes. The combination of yeasts selected by our oenologists increases the great aroma-flavour complexity of these particularly delicate wines. In addition part of the production of this wine has been kept macerating on its lees (85%), a process which brings about an improvement in its structure. Due to the balanced levels of acidity the grapes delivered, it was decided not to undertake a malolactic fermentation. We therefore have a rounded wine with a balanced acidity typical of Albariño.

Food Affinities

Ideal with fish and shellfish. But, as a wine with great aromatic structure and good acidity it is also an excellent wine just to share with friends.

Wine Ratings & Reviews

90 POINTS - BEST BUY - 2016 Vintage
"A round palate with zesty acidity is in full health, while flavors of apple, melon & pineapple last on the finish."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, February 2018
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Best Albarino of 2015
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