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Alma Atlantica Alba Martín Albariño DO Rías Baixas

Galicia & North West

Alma Atlántica

Alma Atlántica means ‘Atlantic Soul’ in English and is inspired by wines made in proximity to the Atlantic Ocean...

Although we have two semi-aromatic whites coming from different regions, the aim of Alma Atlántica is to create fresh and lively whites with lots of personality and boldness of flavour. The Alba Martin Albariño comes from the subzone of Val do Salnés in DO Rías Baixas (which means between two estuaries, the Ría de Arosa and Ría de Pontevedra). Val do Salnés is not only the oldest subregion, it is also the coolest and wettest zone for Albariño, situated right on the Atlantic Coast. The Mara Martin Godello comes from DO Monterrei (meaning king’s mountain) and is further inland in comparison to DO Rías Baixas. It is warmer here, but still sees some Atlantic influence, with the average rainfall at 683mm per year.

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Vineyards

The vines are grown at 400-450m above sea level. Soils are a mixture of granite, slate, clay and sand and the vines are "Emparrado" trained, in an overhead system.

Vintage information

The 2013 vintage was the second largest harvest in the history of the region. As a result of the rain that had fallen in the days before the harvest, a small part was affected by botrytis. However this was not an important loss, considering the size of the harvest. Picking took place between the 20th of September and the 12th of October. The wines of 2013 are aromatic, rich and dense wines, with a good flavour of ripe fruits and fresh acidity.

Vinification

Grapes were picked by hand into 20kg crates. Upon arrival at the winery, they were de-stemmed and crushed before going into a pneumatic press. The juice was settled and fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at 16º C to 18º C. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place. The wine was cold stabilised and filtered before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Bright and vivid in the glass with a straw-yellow green colour. Intense and elegant aromas of white stone fruits and subtle blossom. The proximity to the sea gives the wine a freshness and saline character and the granitic soils enhance its natural minerality. On the palate, the wine is rounded and full-bodied, with a light petillance that adds to its vivacious sense of freshness, and an impressive persistence on the finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Albariño
Region Galicia & North West
Winemaker Luciano Amoedo & Katia Álvarez
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 6.2g/l
Residual Sugar 2.5g/l
Wine pH 3.3