Alba Martín Albariño DO Rías Baixas

Rías Baixas

Alma Atlántica

Alma Atlántica means 'Atlantic Soul' in English and is inspired by wines made...

in proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Although we have two semi-aromatic whites coming from different regions, 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.

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Vineyards

The vines are grown on the sides of the valleys around the river Tamega, at between 400-450m 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.

Vintage Information

2016 surpassed expectations, having started with rain and potential issues with mildew during flowering, it improved to spectacular weather in August allowing grapes to ripen well and a healthy harvest was produced.

Vinification

Grapes were picked by hand into 20kg crates. Upon arrival at the winery, they were destemmed and crushed before going into a pneumatic press. The juice was settled and fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at 16ºC to 18ºC. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place. The wine was cold stabilised and filtered before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Elegant aromas of white flowers and white peach, pear, apricot and citrus. A rounded and juicy palate is dominated by ripe but delicate tropical fruits, a hint of salinity and a fresh clean finish with balanced acidity.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Albariño/Alvarinho
Region Rías Baixas, Galicia & North West
Winemaker Luciano Amoedo & Katia Álvarez
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 6.5g/l
Wine pH 3.33