Produced by one of the oldest wineries in Rias Baixas (Bodegas del Palacio de Fefiñanes), in Galicia on the southwest coast of Spain. Made by the owners of Fefiñanes, Joaquina Armada and Miguel Gil who founded the Bodega in 1904. They were the first to bottle and label an Albariño and registered the brand, ‘ Albariño De Fefiñanes’ in 1928.
Albariño De Fefiñanes 2019
My daughter actually bought this for her boyfriends birthday but luckily they opened it when I was around and it would have been rude of me not to share a glass or two.
Although all wrapped in a fairly understated label, let me say, this is definitely a cut above your usual bottle and in my opinion, it’s what an Albariño should taste like and is a testimony to how good this grape can really be. Very aromatic in the glass, citrusy and herbaceous, lots of lemon pith, along with apple, pear and something slightly tropical, maybe peach. On first sip, there’s plenty of crisp minerality, a touch of saltiness and the subtle oak is noticeable but not intrusive. Again the lemon shines, more peaches and a hint of honey, in the background, dried herbs possibly tarragon all in balance and finishes with a delightful savouriness.
Albariño at its best? most definitely, and it’s one I will be adding to my Christmas list