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Pazo Cilleiro Albarino 2018


Pazo Cilleiro Albarino has a lively pale gold color with greenish reflections. It is clean and balanced, with citric fruits and white fruit notes, with small white flower aromas. The taste mimics the nose – it is fresh, round and elegant on the palate, with a persistent, full, and refreshing finish.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
The grapes for this Albariño come from selected small vineyards around the winery, in Salnés Valley, in the heart of the Rías Baixas appellation (in Galicia - Northwestern Spain). The soil is granite, quite rich in quartz but poor in organic components, with a sandy texture. The vines are 20 to 25 years old, grown mostly in the traditional pergola system. All processes, from vineyard to winery, are focused to extract the maximum quality of this highly concentrated grape. The grapes are hand-harvested, hand-selection and hand-sorted, then destemmed and undergo 14 days of fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine then spends 4 to 5 months in the tanks for a natural evolution to take place, with a further 3 months’ time in the bottle before coming to market. Unlike many other Rías Baixas wines, Pazo Cilleiro does not undergo malolactic fermentation. Therefore, the wine keeps its acidity, yet is balanced by the concentrated fruit for a complex, sophisticated white wine with great mouthfeel and better ageing potential.

Interesting Fact
A Pazo is a type of Galician traditional house. Similar to a manor house, pazos are usually located in the countryside.

Serving Hints
Serve chilled on its own, or as a great accompaniment to any kind of shellfish, light seafood, Sushi, Fish Paella or soft and creamy cheeses.

PRODUCER: Pazo Cilleiro
REGION: Rías Baixas
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Albarino

Press Highlights

2018: 90 Pts – James Suckling, July 26, 2019
2017: 90 Pts – Wine Enthusiast, Best of Year December 2018 Issue
2017: 90 Pts – IWC 2018
2015: 92 Pts 'Year's Best Galacia' 'Best Buy'- Wine & Spirits, Aug. 2016
2015: 90 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Sept. 2016

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