D.O. Rías Baixas (Galicia)
There are four people behind Narupa; Rosa and Paco Pedrosa, Ruth Campelo and Nacho Jiménez. In fact the name is an acronym of the 4 partners: Na (from Nana, Rosa and Nacho’s nickname), ru (from Ruth) and pa (from Paco). It all began when Rosa left her research work at the Polytechnic University of Madrid to take care of a small family vineyard of almost half a hectare located in Barrantes, in the "Val do Salnes" subzone (Galicia). With the intention of creating Albariños that express the character of the variety and showcase the area’s identity, the project’s four members cultivate this and other vineyards at different distances from the sea. As a result they produce honest wines that show the most genuine side of Galicia.
Narupa Piorno is one of them. It comes from an inland vineyard located 16 kilometres from the sea that is part of the D.O. Rías Baixas. These are 50 year old vines planted in sandy loam and clay loam soils of granitic origin that are cultivated with rational viticulture, focussing on organic treatments and avoiding the use of chemicals. In the winery the grapes are crushed and cold macerated for 30 hours. They are then pressed and decanted and the resulting must is fermented with native yeasts in barrels where it remains for approximately 10 months.
Named after a shrub species that forms extensive thickets, Narupa Piorno is an inland Albariño that clearly shows the variety’s characteristics. A wine that ages so well in the bottle and breaks the myth that these white wines are wines of the year. It is also one of the most interesting new Atlantic projects to have emerged recently in Rías Baixas.
Narupa Piorno 2018 is a white wine with intense aromas of white and tropical fruit, floral notes and hints of fine herbs. On the palate it is earnest, fresh and complex. A rounded wine with very balanced acidity and a long and pleasant finish.