Pazo Pondal - Albariño Rias Baixas 2018
Pazo Pondal - Albariño Rias Baixas 2018 (88 TSW)
Pazo Pondal is a family winery founded in 1998. Located in Arbo (Pontevedra), one of the best sub-regions for Rías Baixas D.O. Albariño.
The estate is located on the north bank of the Río Miño and includes 15 hectares of trellised vineyards where they cultivate their Albariño, the Galician grape par excellence, with great care and dedication.
About the wine:
The grapes selected for Pazo Pondal come from Leira Longa, a lower altitude plot that provides less acidity, more body, and greater concentration in the wines. It is characterised by its shallow, acidic granite soils with a pH of 5.8. It is the only estate using a traditional trellis system, which allows greater aeration of the bunches and protects them from direct sunlight.
It is one of the winery’s oldest plots and its grapes were harvested at optimum maturity on 26 and 27 September. The soils are high in organic matter that compensates for the shallowness of the soil (30-40 cm) and improves the retention of water and nutrients.
My tasting notes:
In the glass a very bright citrus with green reflections.
On the medium nose aromas of apricots, ripe pear, melon and peach with hints of lemon and light brioche.
On the palate dry, medium bodied with medium acidiy and salty freshness. Round in the mouth with a medium length finish.