Awarded a Best In Show medal (and Value Best In Show) and 97 points at the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).
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Exel note: we're really pleased with this; we 'get' why it received a Best In Show. It safely exhibits all the facets you'd expect in a good Rías Baixas Albariño ... in spades. It's very aromatic (honeysuckle, blossom, ripe melon) and has great concentration (for what is typically a lighter grape) in the mouth (apricot and peach; this is a ripe Albariño <we think rather riper than DWWA state>). Acidity is excellent (and high), but the high degree of fruit ripeness balances the acidity well to prevent the latter from being too penetrating. Comfortably passes the Fish Finger Sandwich test. This is a lively, vibrant and rather lovely wine.
Bodegas Aguiuncho can be found in the Galician Rías Baixas, in the Valle del Salnés, the sub-region within the Denomination of Origin (DO) with the largest area of vineyard. In 1999, father and son Manuel Troncoso Poceiro and Manuel Troncoso Prieto realised a shared dream in bringing this project to life. They craft and market quality wine, looking to the future and technology, but without losing the perspective of the winery’s tradition of craftsmanship which has been passed down from father to son. The winery, well-equipped with the latest technology, is capable of producing 150,000 bottles. The wines are a faithful reflection of both culture and land.
Albariño is the grape variety of the Galician Rías Baixas region, which is located in the north-west of Spain, near the Atlantic Ocean. In this wet and cool environment, Albariño thrives very well. The humid climate makes the wine-growing complex. The vines, grown on pergola trellises, create a ‘roof of leaves’ which gives additional protection to the grapes. The small size of the grape with a thick skin creates an intense aroma and exquisite taste, which makes it one of the most demanded and valuable white wines from Spain.
Some of the Mar de Ons vineyards face the Atlantic, on the Ría de Pontevedra. Over time, the producers have come to appreciate all that proximity to the sea brings to these vineyards. The difference in diurnal and nocturnal temperatures (not to mention the the buffeting by sea breezes) slows maturation, maintains acidity and especially increases aromas. The salinity of the wáter increases the sugars. These vineyards produce excellent quality grapes, rich in tones. The aromas are fruity and floral, fine and distinguished; the wines are of great quality.
The alcoholic fermentation takes place at a temperature of 18ºC with natural yeasts, followed by maturation for 6 months on its fine lees (sur lie) with batonnage (lees stirring).
Bright yellow with touches of green. Intense on the nose with citric, apple and aromatic herbs. Pleasant palate dominated with citrus fruit and flavours of aniseed and fresh mint. A refreshing and mineral finish due to the influence of the Atlantic Ocean. This wine goes very well with lobster, fruits de mer, vegan and rice dishes.
Or, as DWWA21 expressed it, it impressed for "its fragrance and its vivacity, its lightness and its elegance, its pungency and its pithiness. This variety’s home is around the northwestern tip of Iberia, though the Portuguese Minho versions are subtly different to those of Galicia. In its exuberance, charm and evident seafood-friendliness, this is a perfect example of the latter. Look out for scents of green apple, quince and grapefruit, while the flavours suggest not just citrus fruits but their peels and skins too. It retains all that aromatic force to the last drop, and leaves the mouth still cleaner than it found it".