The previous vintage (alas now all gone) was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2016 edition panel review of Rîas Baixas Albariño (see blue link below).
Mar de Frades Albarino Rias Baixas 2015 - July 2016 Decanter review
The finest Albariño grapes were selected in the cellar. After this, the fruit goes through selection tables and only the whole, healthy and turgid grapes (12% of the total harvest is discarded) pass to the maceration process, where with the help of CO2, the most delicate aromatics are derived from the grapes. The juice is fermented naturally with their own yeast in a slow and delicate, controlled environment to capture the most Atlantic and refined, mineral aromas.
Growing conditions during the cycle were excellent. The winter was cold with night frosts as expected in a region with a continental climate. During the harvest the nocturnal cold is a key factor in ensuring that the grapes are picked at a low temperature to avoid oxidation.
Mar de Frades 2016 stands out for its radiant fine lemon color with seaweed reflections. Bright, raw-lime color and greengage glints. Aromas of mango, pineapple and lychee hints together with wild flowers and the balsamic notes of eucalyptus. On the palate, it shows fresh salinity, mineral nuances and tropical fruit.
Ideal as an aperitif or with shellfish, seafood salads and simple grilled fish. Also, a great accompaniment to vegetarian dishes featuring artichokes and asparagus.