‘Ria de Arosa’, Albariño, Bodegas Tomada de Castro, Rias Baixas, Galicia 2016/2018
Bodegas Tomada de Castro, Salnés Valley, Rias Baixas, Galicia
Bodegas Tomada de Castro is a family-owned winery founded in 1988, in the heart of Rias Baixas in the Salnés Valley. This is not only the oldest sub-region; it is also the largest, coolest and wettest zone for Albariño, situated right on the Atlantic Coast. Led by winemaker Carlos Castro Serantes, the philosophy is to make a high quality Albariño which conveys the unique “terroir” of Salnés Valley. Soils are decomposed granite and sand with excellent drainage. All 14 hectares are trained in the characteristic ‘Parral’ training system (pergola).The harvest is completely manual using small crates with the utmost care so that the grapes arrive at the winery in the best possible condition. Rias Baixas Ria de Arosa Albariño - 100% Albariño sourced from vineyards exclusively in the Salnés Valley with an average age of 25 years. Gentle pneumatic pressing is followed by a 24 hour settling of the must prior to a controlled temperature fermentation with natural yeast. Ageing for 8-9 months on fine lees in stainless steel tanks prior to bottling.
Bright and zesty Albarino, with its expressive nose bursting with white flowers, citrus, apple and melon. These are all confirmed on the palate, along with a stunning minerality that would be more appropriately described as a salinity, possibly as a result of the vineyard's proximity to the Atlantic ocean and thus subject to sea sprays and other such maritime influences. A great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc if you're after something a little different!
Grape: 100% Albariño