Alberto Nanclares A Grana
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PRODUCER: Based around the town of Cambados, in the sub-region of Val do Salnés in Rías Baixas, Alberto owns 2.2 hectares of vines, all Albariño, divided into 12 parcels. After a few years of conventional farming, he decided to abandon chemical treatments altogether and became fully organic, although he also dabbles in biodynamics. His vineyards, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, benefit from daily sea breezes while the granitic soils, so common in the region, bring incredible minerality and freshness to his wines. In the winery his approach is as natural as possible, and apart from the use of small amounts of sulfur, he is basically hands-off, allowing each vintage to express itself. The different parcels are vinified separately and then blended to assemble the different cuvées.
VINEYARDS: Alberto currently tends 2.5 hectares of vines, all trained in the traditional Pergola style and divided into 12 small parcels in the parroquias of Castrelo (South Cambados), Vilariño (North Cambados) and Padrenda (North Meaño). He focuses on "quality over quantity" by choosing to keep yields down to 4,000 to 7,000 Kg. This wine comes from selected north-west facing parcels with vines that are over thirty years old, planted mainly on granitic, sandy soils. Climate is Atlantic.
Vineyards are fully organic and he uses some biodynamic methods. Alberto uses seaweed from the nearby ocean for compost and does not plow in order to keep the surrounding flora and fauna in their natural habitat.
WINEMAKING: Clusters are selected by hand in the vineyards. Quickly transported to the winery in 15kg crates. Grapes were not detemmed before going into a pneumatic press for a low pressure pressing. Fermented with wild yeasts, then aged on lees for 11 months in 800 litre chestnut barrel, and 200 litres in Inox. Unfined and bottled with low levels of SO2.
TASTING NOTES: ‘A Grana’ is acid-driven and lemon noted, with stony minerality and a bright finish. Delicious with salty seafood and salads.