Zarate ‘el Balado’ Single Vineyard Albariño 2018

$98.99 per single bottle
Size: 750

About This Wine

Balo' in Gallego means wall, like the French term, 'clos'. This granite-walled vineyard contains two plots which were re-planted to ungrafted material in 1950. South-facing, with shallow poor soils, organically farmed. About 1500 bottles are produced, fermented in stainless as for the Zarate Estate wine, but given a second ageing of 6 months unstirred in tank on fine lees, once racked off the gross lees from fermentation. Gently enhanced flesh and textural volume and fine aromatic complexity result. Technical stats very similar to Zarate Estate, alcohol 13.60, free SO2 34 mg/l, 2600 bottles.

Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Albarino
Country Spain
Region Rias Baixas
Brand Zarate
Vintage 2016

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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