DOC Rías Baixas
Albariño has become the iconic dry white of Spain in the last decade, and Rías Baixas is the go-to DO for this thrillingly aromatic grape. The warm and damp Galician climate and the combination of predominantly granite soils with the Atlantic influence bring out the best in this variety, which can in certain places be round, fruity and seductive, while in others searingly fresh and mineral.
Bodega Remesal is a small family property in the village of Tui, towards the eastern end of the O Rosal zone. Further from the coast than many of the better-known producers, whose wines show an oceanic saltiness, Remesal’s personality is crafted by slightly higher average temperatures and ever so slightly less rainfall. What matters here is the rock and the river Miño, which runs below the property and marks the border with Portugal, and together they give the wines a range of aromas and flavours that, remarkably, bring together the two styles mentioned above. You could say that this is an Albariño to satisfy all tastes.
The Alvarez family have grown grapes at Remesal for four generations and have been bottling their own wines since the early 1980’s. The family has always sold its production locally and in top Madrid restaurants, but following a recent restructuring between the generations the business has been reinforced by the arrival of a dynamic and experienced new team, allowing the family to continue developing the quality and extending sales abroad. The vineyard has grown by 20% in 2017 (but its still only covers 6.5ha!) and there are plans for producing more wine in the future. However Remesal will inevitably remain one of the hidden gems of Rías Baixas.
|Albariño Pedra Blanca, Bodega Remesal, Rías Baixas, 2016|