Val do Xuliana, Albariño
Val do Xuliana Albariño is made with grapes from our best plots, located near the river Miño. This wine expresses the essence of the area and the care with which our wine growers tend the vines.
The Bodega has 50 hectares of vineyards, of which 20 are directly owned and the other 30 belong to its 105 partners. In fact, the land ownership dispersion serves to guarantee a balance between quality and unrestrained growth is maintained.
The vineyards are nestled on the slope of hills around the “Concellos” de as Neves, surrounded by three rivers the Miño, Termes and Xuliana. Its climate has a strong Atlantic influence. During the winter the Gulf Stream brings cold fronts from the Tropics resulting in heavy rainfall with moderate temperature and little difference between day and night time temperatures. Springs comes early with no frost. The summers are dry due to the Azores anticyclone, with temperatures maintained at moderate levels due to the proximity of the Atlantic. Soils are of granite origin and relatively sandy, rich in organic material and acidic.
The winter of the 2016 vintage (as with 2015), was quite unpredictable – dry in November and December, wet in January, and then quite unsettled and warmer than usual throughout the spring until flowering time. Once flowering was complete, the weather changed completely, and it remained hot and dry for the entire summer, virtually until the beginning of harvest in early September (when we experienced one solitary day of rain). Owing to the prolonged summer heat, yields were slightly down, as was the acidity – the resulting wines are ripe, with a touch more alcohol, but are still very fresh with an excellent balance.
Vineyard practices: The vineyards of the winery and its partners are subject to integrated management which are monitored regularly by the agronomist, Francisco Arenas. The vines are trained and pruned to 8 buds per spur. Picking is done by hand in small boxes to avoid damaging the fruit and subsequent oxidation.
Appearance: Beautiful yellow colour with some green flashes is what we see at the hearing, which also features his brilliance.
Nose: has a high intensity, very fruity and floral, fresh and clean, reminding stone fruit (peach and apricot).
Palate: clean, smooth and very powerful with well-integrated acidity. It has a good structure and smoothness.
Pairing: Albariño’s crisp clean flavors are extremely versatile. Seafood, clams, oysters are what the local Galician people eat with this queenly grape. It also pairs like magic with Sushi, Indian, or Thai.