October 3, 2023

Bodegas del Palacio Albarino de Fefiñanes

Who makes it?

The makers of Albarino de Fefiñanes, Palacio of Fefiñanes, is one of the world’s Albarino specialists.  It is therefore unsurprising that this is just one of four wines produced with this Spanish/Portuguese native white grape variety. Of course, winelovers may know that in Portugal, the grape goes by the name of Alvarinho. This is the classic dry white from Northern Portugal and North West Spain.

Interestingly, the Albarino de Fefinanes was first released in 1928 from vineyards in Rias Baixas in south west Galicia. It achieved almost instant recognition and acclaim.

How do they make it?

The Albarino de Fefinanes has been made in stainless steel with a cold ferment to retain the bright fruitiness. 

What does it taste like?

This is a dry white, just over 1g of residual sugar. It is mostly fresh pear and lemon in character with a gingery twist. Once you take a sip though, it is very concentrated and intensely packed with flavour that lasts for a long time on the finish. It is medium bodied and well balanced with fresh acid. This is a wine that I have found consistently good whenever I have tasted it.

What to drink it with?

Undoubtedly, this is such an easy choice with tapas, with seafood or fish, or a salad or herbed grilled vegetables. Go with a coastal Spanish theme and you really cannot go wrong here. 

Cheese

Fresh cheeses, even marinated feta as well as mozzarella, go well here. Or that famous Spaniard, Manchego.

Quickie review « In short, this Galician really packs a whollop of flavour balanced out by a zesty flush of acid! »

Country of Origin: Rias Baixas DO, Spain
Tasting Date: June 2022 & May 2023
Price:  UK £22 | €18  |USD$23 ++ 
Drink: now 
Needs food: no
Source: tasting

Visit fefinanes.com for more.

Review first published 2nd September 2022 & updated 3rd October 2023

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