The 2015 vintage was awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of 'Weekday Wines' (under £25) (see blue link below). We appreciate it is subjective, but we judge the current 2016 vintage (2015 has sold out!) to be of equal quality and drinkability!
Pagos del Rey, Pulpo Albarino Rias Baixas 2015 - June 2017 Decanter review
Pagos del Rey was started in 2002 with the aim of making quality wines in the most prestigious wine making regions in Spain, with wines with their own personality. The company has wineries in Ribera del Duero, Rioja, Rueda and Toro. All of them have a modern design that combines tradition and innovation and the latest technology in wine making.
Made from Albariño grapes grown in the Salnés Valley region of Rías Baixas, located close to the town of Cambados. Here, on undulating hills, the vineyards are planted on rocky and alluvial soils; they benefit from cooling influence of the nearby Atlantic Ocean.
Unoaked, the wine is a bright, pale lemon colour with hints of apple green. Aromas of white flowers, hints of peach and apricot lead to a fresh, fruity palate; it has a lovely intensity and an almost saline minerality.
This wine is perfect with seafood, grilled octopus (pulpo in Spanish), and other dishes based on seafood, oysters or mussels.
We like this because it's a Decanter-rated Albariño at a great price (for what is a pricey and trendy grape variety). We've yet to find another Rias Baixas of this quality at this price.