El Jardin de Lucia Albariño
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Grape variety: 100% Albariño
Vila Viniteca is a family business, established as a food and wine shop in downtown Barcelona in 1932. In the early '90s, co-owners Quim Vila and Francisco Marti decided to re-invigorate the business, focus more on the wine production, and expanded the project to incorporate an Albariño produced in collaboration with Bodega Zárate from their small-scale winery in Rias Baixas. "The Albariño grapes are selected from 20 small plots around the towns of Cambados and Ribadumia, in the province of Pontevedra. The soils are shallow and sandy, and the climate mild and humid. After hand-harvesting in September, the grapes are fermented, using only the natural grape yeasts, in stainless steel at controlled temperatures. The wine spends 4 months on lees before bottling.
Lifted and intense ripe citrus and stone fruit on the nose. The palate has similarly intense, vibrant fruit and is textural with more weight than is usual for Albariño yet still with elegance and finesse. The finish is complex with bright acidity and a refreshing saline twist.
Match with fresh white crab, or simply grilled fish such as seabass, squid and sardines.