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Pazo de Vieite
Viña Farnadas
2015
White Wine

Region/Appellation: Spain, Galicia, Ribeiro DO
Grape: Albariño, Loureiro, Godello, Treixadura, Torrontés
Style: Fresh and Crisp



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Description

The wines of Ribeiro are some of the oldest in Spain, having been poured to the Roman Caesars who occupied Galicia, in northwest Spain, in the second and third centuries. Grapes have been cultivated in the area ever since, culminating in period of the XIth to XVIIth centuries when the monks of St. Clodio's Monastery near Vieite dedicated themselves to the cultivation of vines.

The Ribeiro DO is also one of the smallest and oldest regions, comprising approximately 3,000 hectares of vineyards and registered in 1957. It is experiencing a renaissance of late, as people discover the distinctively, fresh and bright aromas and flavours of the indigenous white wine grapes.

Pazo de Viete vineyards comprise 8 Ha -- planted to mainly Treixadura (pronunced tray-sha-dura) -- and are perfectly located to optimize the ripening of the grapes. The terraces are sheltered from the cold north winds, the altitude is between 100 and 200 metres abmsvl, and comprise mainly granitic soil with sandy texture. The winery is state-of-the-art, with a capacity to produce 80,000 litres of wine.

Viña Farnadas is a blend of 85% Treixadura, 10% Godello, and 5% Albariño, Loureira, and Torrontés grapes. Fermentation is typical of white wines -- in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks -- and the finished wine remains in tank until bottling. As in other parts of Galicia, bottling was later for the 2013 vintage (June 3rd, 2014), as the white wines took longer to reach their full expression.

Bottled alc./vol. 13.5%, with just a touch (less than 1%) residual sugar in the finished wine.

Tasting Note

Tasting Note: Bright, pale straw colour. Lively/intense floral nose, with aromas and flavours of stone fruits (white peach and apricot), pear, warm citrus, and pineapple, and notes of jasmine and spearmint. Light- to medium-bodied, with refreshing acidity and and long/balanced/clean finish.

A great wine for a glass on its own, or paired with seafood, freshwater fish, white meats, and cheeses. Pairs well with charcuterie and a good contrast to richer-style appetizers.

About the Grape

Albariño: The Spanish name of the aromatic, high-quality, white wine grape grown mainly in north-west corner of the country, in Galicia (Rais Baixas in particular). In Portugal it is known as Alvarinho, in the Vinho Verde region. The grapes thick skin allows it to thrive in the cooler, damper, Galician climate, and contributes to the wines notable higher alcohol, acidity, and flavour. Often bottled on its own, it can also be blended with other indigenous grapes like Loureiro and Caiño.

Loureiro: The most planted white-wine grape in Portugal's Vinho Verde region, it is an important blending grape in Spain's Rias Baixas region, mainly for its aromatic qualities.

Godello: Godello vines are relatively low-yielding, and can produce wines of tremendous personality, freshness, length, balancing acidity, and mineral quality. One of Spain’s oldest noble grape varieties, it is mainly grown in the valley of the river Sil, and particularly in Valdeorras (in north-west Spain above Portugal), traditionally the source of the finest Godello wines. The Sil Valley is also the source of much of Europe's slate (ie. for roofiing) and you can detect a touch of minerality in vines grown in slate-rich soils. The DO still boasts a large number of old bush vines even though most new plantings follow the espalier system

Treixadura: Pronounced "tray-sha-dura", it is pedominantly found in Galicia, in northwest Spain, and the main variety in the Ribeiro DO. Aromatic (apples, pears, white peaches, and lime) it is naturally low in acidity and therefore usually blended with grapes like Loureiro, Godello, and Albarino.

Torrontés: Planted in Spain and South America (Argentina), there is much confusion over which of the many versions of the grape are planted in the Iberian Peninsula. According to Galet, in Galicia it is probably the version called Monastrell Blanco. Highly aromatic, it is also higher in acidity and a good blending grape.

Pazo de Vieite

In 1990, Lorenzo Rolando de Franciso purchased the Priorato de Viete and it's surrounding vineyards that were part of the Monastery, and with investors opened Pazo de Viete in 2006.

Vineyards comprise 8 Ha -- planted to mainly Treixadura (pronunced tray-sha-dura) -- and are perfectly located to optimize the ripening of the grapes. The terraces are sheltered from the cold north winds, the altitude is between 100 and 200 metres abmsvl, and comprise mainly granitic soil with sandy texture. The winery is state-of-the-art, with a capacity to produce 80,000 litres of wine.

Phone number: +988 488 229

Website: http://www.vinafarnadas.es

Visits: By appointment.

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