Forjas del Salnés Leirana Albariño 2019
Another one of our Asian food pairing favorite! Hailing from D.O Rías Baixas Leirana Albariño is 100% produced from the variety Albariño.
Pale, green-tinged yellow. Bright and sharply focused on the nose, displaying incisive Meyer lemon, honeysuckle, quinine, and mineral scents, along with a hint of ginger in the background. Dry, taut and light on its feet, offering intense, mineral-laced citrus and orchard fruit flavors that show no excess weight. Forjas del Salnes Leirana Albariño closes on a slight spice note, displaying strong, floral-tinged persistence. Good acidity and minerality, its aromatic complexity gives depth & intensity.
The grapes originate from a 4 hectares of old, 40-70 year old vines, planted in sandy granite soils. For this traditional production, the wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks. Once finalised the wine rests on its lees. Before being released onto the market, the wine is lightly filtered.
Furthermore, Leirana Albariño is earning a great name for its self. The 2012 vintage was names by the New York Times as the best wine from the D.O Rías Baixas.
Another Spanish white?
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
“The first Albariño to be bottled is the 2019 Leirana, which I was also able to compare with the 2018 vintage. It’s the one that represents the character of the Valle del Salnés, as it’s produced with grapes from different villages across the valley. This ferments in a combination of 60% stainless steel vats and 40% oak foudres, where the wine matures for six months. Contrary to what I’ve seen at other addresses, this 2019 is very closed and backward; it’s a vintage with very high acidity, citrus and salt. This is still a little too young. 30,000 bottles produced. The first lot of two was bottled in February 2020, when they used a little more wine from the foudre to make it more approachable, because the market demands the wines very early, and especially in 2019, the acidity is very sharp.”