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Leirana Albariño 2020

Leirana Albariño

2020

Leirana is a single-varietal Albariño wine which uses grapes from different towns in the Salnes vall...

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£18.25

/ 0.75 L btl

Wine Leirana Albariño 2020

Producer

Alcohol content i

13.0%

Bottle size and vintage

0.75 L - 2020

Review

Leirana is a single-varietal Albariño wine which uses grapes from different towns in the Salnes valley in Galicia to produce a faithful expression of the region's character. Considered to be home to the very best Albariño, the Salnes valley is the coastal sub-region of the DO Rías Baixas appellation. A wonderful landscape where vines between 40 and 60 years old grow in granite and sandy soils close to the Atlantic.

The Forjas del Salnés winery, set up back in 2005 by Rodrigo Méndez with the help of top Bierzo winemaker Raúl Pérez, produces some of the most honest, expressive and exciting wines in the Salnes valley including the wonderful Leirana. They choose only the best grapes from the best plots, often from old vines. Organic agriculture methods are used in the vineyards and wines are aged in pre-used or large wooden barrels. Each plot is vinified separately to understand and interpret its natural character which depends on factors like the soil, location, altitude and proximity to the sea.

Leirana is fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks (60%) and oak foudres (40%) where it is left to age for six months. In the glass, it displays a pale yellow colour with greenish glints and offers delightfully clean aromas of white and stone fruits, embellished with flowers and freshly-cut grass. Fresh and agile in the mouth, it has a degree of unctuosity and minerality with a saline sensation thanks to the Atlantic. It offers a varietal character and a splendidly acidic structure, before leaving us with an elegant and slightly bitter finish with hints of citrus fruit and a feeling of wanting another sip.

Our sommelier recommends this wine for its freshness, lively electric acidity, and minerality. A wine that captures all the essence of old Albariño vines and expresses its utmost respect for the terroir and a splendid potential for improving over time.

Food pairing

Seafood / Aperitifs / Cod / Oysters / Juicy rice dishes

Vineyard

  • Climate:Atlantic

Tasting notes

  • ViewGolden glints / Pale yellow
  • Bouquet:Flowers / White fruit / Vine peach / Fruit aromas / Fresh herb
  • Mouth:Fresh / Flavoursome / Unctuous / Pleasant / Mineral

Recommendations

  • Optimum serving temperature:5ºC

Customer reviews

4.2/5
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by: David UK (20/11/2017) - Vintage 2016

A lovely finish

This wine deserves its high rating, one of the best Albarinos I have tasted, light and tasty, good acidity and the lemon twist at the end finishes it off very nicely.

by: Expatriator (5 Jul) - Vintage 2020

Leirana

Alta acidez, tremenda amplitud y muy cremoso al tacto. Rebosa frescura con un retronasal afrutado, cítrico y lácteo con apuntes florales muy elegantes con un fondo mineral de piedra de río. Post-gusto de cierta salinidad, secante pero muy sedoso, equilibrio y elegancia por doquier. Su persistencia de dos minutos y 40 segundos, impresionante para un blanco.

by: Maria Jose (16/11/2017) - Vintage 2016

Excelente albariño

Conocimos este vino durante un viaje a o’groove cenando en un restaurante y al dia siguiente fuimos al pueblo dónde lo producen.estuvimos catando las diferentes variedades por el dueño que nos enseño la bodega.Se recomienda degustarlo no muy frio para apreciar la intensidad de su sabor ideal para pescados y mariscos.

by: Guy (02/07/2020) - Vintage 2019

Don’t miss this great price/quality

Having drunk several vintages over last years, this is surprisingly good tasting already so young (despite Gutierrez review saying needs a bit time). Going to buy more of 2019 and try to keep some bottles for in 1 to 2 years.

by: alfonsonorte (22/04/2018) - Vintage 2017

Alimonado amargor

Este albariño pajizo tiene una acidez destacada, una frutosidad indefinida, una irreconocible salinidad atlántica y un punto alimonado en su refrescante amargor final. Extraño albariño, pero de gran calidad.