Mar de Frades 2011
2011, no oak
93 Points World Wine Awards.
W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd
The proximity of the sea is always a crucial part of Albariño’s character: tart, stony, even salty and briny notes come through those grown in the cooler sites, like this. Drink now or over the next several years.
After an ordinary wet and cold winter, a dry and warm spring favored a good flowering and a very good fruit-setting. Some rain in May that was followed by an extremely dry June and July, allowing for a perfect ripening conditions in the vineyard. Only 15% of the grapes were discarded by hand sorting following harvest. The grapes were then macerated for about 20 hours to obtain fresher musts with tropical notes and an excellent balance. A slow fermentation at low temperatures carried on for several weeks resulted in this excellent wine.
About the Winery
Founded in 1987, Mar de Frades is a pioneering Rías Baixas bodega that embodies the most deeply rooted tradition in the Valley of Salnés, the historical capital of the wines made from Albariño, Spain's great white grape. Some of the most sophisticated and expressive white wines of Spain are produced here, characterized by their freshness and aromatic intensity.