Pazo Señorans, Albariño, Selección de Añada, Rias Baixas, Spain, 2013
Pazo Señorans is one of DO Rías-Baixas’ leading producers.
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.
This single vineyard wine comes from 4 ha vineyard and vines that are over 45 years old and planted around the Los Bancales region.
The Seleccion Añada is unique for an Albariño in that it is aged on its lees in small steel tanks for up to 36 months or so. This demonstrates above all the ageing potential of Albariño, and Señorans in particular, that we think no other producer can mimic. Aged in stainless steel on its lees for over 30 months.
No oak ageing
Straw yellow with green tints. Intense and very expressive. Immense volume and great body. A wine with great delicacy and goes against the grain in that it is ripe for lengthy storage.
Mushrooms, Chicken, Pasta and Asian Cuisine
Guia Peñin 100 Points
Pazo Señorans Selección de Añada 2013 has become the first white wine to be awarded 100 Peñín points in the Guide’s history. Javier Luengo, editor of the Peñín Guide, said: “It was the first real attempt at ageing Galician whites, a risky decision at the time, since the long ageing period is done solely on its own lees in stainless steel tanks, without oak barrels, foudres or cask. In other words, preserving the essence and concentration of Albariño.” 100 Points, JL, July 2023
Jancis Robinson 18.5 Points
A selection from the Los Bancales site. 45 years old. The vines are gradually being replaced. Los Bancales is notable for its size (4 ha), as it is a rarity to have such a large contiguous vineyard. Only the best plots within Los Bancales are used for the Selección de Añada, from a very good clone with very small clusters and high quality. Fermentation in stainless steel. Maturation on only the finest lees for approximately 38 months, then 5 more years in stainless-steel tanks and finally in the bottle until its release to the market, 10 years from the harvest. 18,000 bottles produced. Tasted blind. Very appealing, kerosene touch, complex, tasty and intense. Very attractive. Broad, and somehow reminds me of old Riesling. A wonder with nerve and glycerine texture. Full-flavoured and complete wine. 13%. 18.5 Points, FC, November 2023.
6 x 75cl