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Characteristics of Leirana Albariño
Leirana Albariño is a white wine produced n the D.O Rías Baixas by the winery Forjas del Salnés.
Leirana Albariño is a small family winery located in Salnés (Pontevedra). One of the collaborators is the illustrious oenologist Raúl Pérez from Bierzo, one of the most authoritative voices on the Spanish wine scene.
Leirana Albariño is 100% produced from the variety Albariño. The grapes originate from a 4 hectares of old, 40-70 year old vines, planted in sandy granite soils.
For this traditional production, the wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks. Once finalised the wine rests on its lees.
Before being released onto the market, the wine is lightly filtered.
Furthermore, Leirana Albariño is earning a great name for its self. The 2012 vintage was names by the New York Times as the best wine from the D.O Rías Baixas.
Serve at 8ºC
Cod, Raw seafood, Soupy rice, Boiled seafood, Grilled seafood, Oysters, Aperitif, Baked white fish
The 2017 vintage has been distinguished by the excellent health of the vineyard and the intense heat. Winter and spring were warmer than normal, accelerating the growth cycle 15 days and which was prolonged during summer, bringing forward the date of the harvest to the end of August. The growth cycle went smoothly, with good flowering and no notable pests. In summer, the drought worsened and in August they began to see symptoms of dehydration in the bunches. However, rains at the beginning of September restored the balance of the vineyard.
The wines of this vintage are identified by having something more volume due to its warmth and great freshness. A vintage to enjoy young, or as it is the norm for great wines of the area, to save for a few years.
SightStraw yellow with golden hues.NoseAromas of white fruit on a herbal and floral base. Fine mineral undertones.TasteWide and fresh on the palate. Light with tasty highlights of citrus notes. Acidity is very well balanced. Persistent finish.
A brilliant yellow colour.
On the nose there are floral aromas, fruits, herbs and minerals.
TasteThe palate is very fresh with high acidity. Fruits are prominent together with mineral memories.
SightIntense straw yellow colour with golden reflections. Very bright and clean wine with thin glyceric tears.NoseVery frank aromas in which the dominant floral notes are interspersed with a touch of ripe white and stone fruit and herbal aromas (of freshly cut grass and hay) on an elegant mineral background. When it opens up, subtle spicy aromas are noticed.TasteDelicious and complex wine with a nice silky, smooth, very tasty and very fresh mid palate. The notes of fruit and flowers are more balanced than on the nose. Some balsamic notes are also felt. It has an excellent acidity and a very long and persistent finish which leaves subtle mineral sensations.
Very rich, elegant and enjoyable wine.
SightPale yellow colour with golden reflections. Clean, bright and glyceric wine.NoseVery good and clean aromas. Very floral wine with notes of ripe white fruit, pineapple, citrus and stone fruits (outstanding notes of intense peach) are released along with subtle herbal notes on a mineral background.TasteVery fresh attack. Silky, intense, fresh and dry mid palate with a high presence of fruit. Outstanding but not unpleasant acidity, which is very well integrated. Very good finish, which leaves a subtle mineral aftertaste.
A very rich and elegant white wine from the Rias Baixas. A rounded wine.
Rías Baixas wines would not be where they are today without the native Albariño grape variety. Although red wines are also produced in Rías Baixas, practically 100% of Rías Baixas wines are white. Among them, the vast majority of them are made with the Albariño grape. As well as young wines, fresh and aromatic, the region also makes wines aged in the barrels, complex wines with great personalities. Albariño wines can either be single varieties, or be part of a blend with other characteristic grapes of the region: Treixadura, Loureira Blanca and Godello.
Forjas do Salnés is one of those wineries from Galicia with a rebellious and ground-breaking spirit, that seriously opted to make high-quality red wines in an area with a prevailing production of whites. The recovery of century-old vineyards of hardly known red varieties, such as Caíño, Espadeiro and Loureiro, in addition to the white Albariño from the old vineyard, are the base of their wines and a clear reflection of the terroir: wines full of freshness, with a perfect minerality, ample sensations and with a surprising evolution.