`Alba Martín` Rías Baixas Albariño, Alma Atlántica, Galicia, Spain,2019

£23

Alma Atlántica means 'Atlantic Soul' in English and is inspired by wines made in proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The two semi-aromatic whites come from different regions, and the aim of Alma Atlántica is to create fresh and lively whites with lots of personality and boldness of flavour. The Alba Martin Albariño comes from the subzone of Val do Salnés in DO Rías Baixas (which means between two estuaries, the Ría de Arosa and Ría de Pontevedra). Val do Salnés is not only the oldest subregion, it is also the coolest and wettest zone for Albariño, situated right on the Atlantic Coast. The Mara Martin Godello comes from DO Monterrei (meaning king's mountain) and is further inland in comparison to DO Rías Baixas. It is warmer here, but still sees some Atlantic influence, with the average rainfall at 683mm per year.Grapes were picked by hand into 20 kilogram crates. Upon arrival at the winery, they were destemmed and crushed before going into a pneumatic press. Fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks at controlled temperatures of 16°C-18°C. Partial malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place. The wine was cold stabilised and filtered before bottling.The vines are grown on the sides of the valleys around the river Tamega, at between 400-450 metres above sea level. The climate here is temperate Mediterranean, influenced by the Altantic ocean. Soils are a mixture of granite, slate, clay and sand and the vines are trained in an overhead "Emparrado" system.

Food pairing ideas : A friend to all things from the sea, Albariño pairs exceptionally well with white fish and meats as well as leafy green herbs. Try it with fish tacos. Meat Pairing: Lighter meats, fish, and seafood sing with Albariño. Try it with ceviche, seafood risotto, grilled (or fried) fish tacos, oysters, mussels, and clams.

This wine is bright straw yellow in colour. On the nose, there are elegant aromas of white flowers and white peach, pear, apricot and citrus. A full-bodied and juicy palate is dominated by ripe but delicate tropical fruits, a hint of salinity and a fresh clean finish with balanced acidity. 100% Albariño/Alvarinho .

Winemaker: Katia Álvarez
Alcohol (ABV): 12.5 %
Acidity: 7.1 g/l
Residual sugar: 3.1 g/l
pH: 3.33

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