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Tthe team here continue to strive to create seriously juicy and steely Albariño from the Condado do Tea subzone. Over the last few years Lusco have not only become greener – banning herbicides and pesticides from their vineyard - but have continued to implement a more artisanal ideal across all areas of growing and winemaking. To this end, the use of indigenous yeasts and longer lees aging - surely as a result of the influence of Rafael Palacios - have joined hand harvesting, low cropping (at less than a third of the permitted norm), single-peza batching and the use of large format, used oak as the means to echo the distinct voice of these verdant, granitic vineyards of Atlantic Spain. Pazos de Lusco's métier to produce a seldom-encountered brand of intense, steely and overtly saline Albarino is aided by the warm and relatively dry terroir of Condado de Tea. Out of the five subzones of Rías Baixas, Condado de Tea - which extends westwards from Tui along the Miño valley up to the neighbouring Riberiro DO – is the most southern area and the furthest from the Atlantic Ocean. The landscape here is more fragmented and consists of several small river valleys. The soils are granite and slate based. It’s a set of natural circumstance that, in the right hands, favours a style of wine both ripe and mineral laden with the mineral-rich soils and cool Atlantic nights providing the crisp energy and drive.