Pazo Señorans, Spain
The influence of Marisol Bueno and Javier Mareque on the founding and development of the DO Rías-Baixas and its primary variety Albariño can be traced back to their purchase in 1979 of an ancient 16th-century country estate, its kiwi orchards, and old-vine Albariño vineyards. Located in the town of Meis, Pazo Señorans lies close to the sea on acidic, sandy soils created by the natural decomposition of the granitic bedrock below. Early on, they recognised the potential of Albariño and were instrumental in the creation of the DO just a decade after they arrived in Meis. The wines from this Estate demonstrate above all the ageing potential of Albariño that no other producer can mimic.
Ensuring that pristine grapes are achieved is key in this warm, humid climate. Such is the pervasive nature of the humid, briny air that the raised pergolas for training the grapes to ensure air movement are hewn from solid granite!
Pressing is followed by a natural fermentation in stainless steel which helps to retain the exuberant fruit character, while the following ageing on lees helps develop texture and spice on the resulting wines.The important thing about Señorans, it has the ability to age and is probably at its best 18-36 months after harvest.
- The wines from this Estate demonstrate above all the ageing potential of Albariño that no other producer can mimic.
Award: Guia Peñin 100 Points