Although Pazo Barrantes has been the ancestral home to the Creixell family (owners of renowned Riojan labels Marques de Murrieta and Castillo Ygay) since the 15th century and where Albariño has been grown and made for generations, it was not until 1982, when the vineyards were re-planted and 1991, when the winery was built, that it became a commercial winery.
Located in the Salnés valley, the winery boasts 12 hectares that surround the 16th century Galician Palace. All the vines are trained high on supporting wires in the “Parral” trellis system, as is the local tradition, to guard against mildew and rot, and to assist ripening. The soil is sandy, acidic and shallow. Production is around 200,000 bottles per year.
After hand picking, the grapes are carefully de-stemmed and then gently pressed. The grape must (no skins) is fermented in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks for 30 days. The juice is left in contact with its lees for four months in the pursuit of texture and density. It is then aged in tank for at least five months and bottled three months before release.
2013 was the second largest harvest in the history of the DO, second only to 2011 . It was significantly larger than in 2012. The harvest had to be fast, given the changeable weather and botryis did affect a small proportion of the crop.
Very pale with green-gold lights. The aroma is scented with wild flowers and white fruits. On the palate at first a luscious texture then a fine crisp citrus finish which makes it an ideal accompaniment to crustaceans.
All kinds of seafood and crustacea, white fish, soft cheeses and rice dishes, amongst others.
Serve at 12º-14º C
“Top 100” Wines, Wines from Spain Awards 2014 – Best New Discovery Category
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