Algueira Brandan 2017

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About This Wine

This crunchy, fragrant Godello comes from a terraced single vineyard that has been painstakingly restored by Algueira's Fernando González. This vineyard lies on the Orense bank of the River Sil, the opposite side to most of Algueira's holdings, where the 30 to 80 year old vines are rooted in the schist soils of the Amandi gorge. The name pays tribute to the Celtic ancestry of the region (Brandan was a Celtic warlord who originally settled the area). Fermented with natural yeasts only and aged entirely without oak, it's an intensely fragrant, floral young white with a racy, juicy palate offering pristine stone fruit and white flowers, as well as a smoky, ozone like savouriness and a pithy backbone of freshness. Outstanding value.

Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Godello
Country Spain
Region Ribeira Sacra
Brand Algueira
Vintage 2017

Wines of Spain

With 2.9 million acres of land planted in wine grapes, Spain is the most widely planted wine producing nation and second largest producer in the world. Many styles of wine are produced in the country most of which are based on native grape varietals.

The two most famous regions are Rioja and Ribera del Duero for their Tempranillo production. Rioja Tempranillo (the classic) will be lighter and fresher with red fruit flavours as compared to those from Ribera del Duero that are often deep purple, higher in alcohol with more tannins and intense black fruit character. Rioja is also known for producing Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from the indigenous Viura varietal.

In the Catalonia region, Spain is recognized for making a sparkling wine in the traditional method but using native grape varieties. This is called Cava. Priorat, a subregion within Catalonia specializes in making still red blends of Garnacha, Carignan and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon in a bold and full-bodied style. Together with Rioja, wines from Priorat have achieved DOCa/DOQ status signifying their quality.

Sherry is Spain’s famous fortified wine which can either be completely dry, lusciously sweet or somewhere in between. This is made in the southern region of Jerez.

Other notable Spanish wine styles include: Monastrell (AKA. Mataro/Mourvèdre), produced in the Jumilla region and refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo from north western Galacia.

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