Zarate

Rías Baixas (Salnes Valley)

'el Balado' Single Vineyard Albariño 2016

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Balo' in Gallego means wall, like the French term, 'clos'. This granite-walled vineyard contains two plots which were re-planted to ungrafted material in 1950. South-facing, with shallow poor soils, organically farmed. About 1500 bottles are produced, fermented in stainless as for the Zarate Estate wine, but given a second ageing of 6 months unstirred in tank on fine lees, once racked off the gross lees from fermentation. Gently enhanced flesh and textural volume and fine aromatic complexity result. Technical stats very similar to Zarate Estate, alcohol 13.60, free SO2 34 mg/l, 2600 bottles.