Who makes it?
Pazo Senorans is yet another Albarino specialist. For those unyet familiar with the grape, this is a Spanish/Portuguese native white grape variety. The grape Alvarinho is the Portguese version. Pazo Senorans has quite the range, including two spirits that they have created with Albarino. Many of the producer’s vineyards are close to the sea with poor sandy and xabre soils.
Note: Xabre soils are a subsoil type with excellent drainage, being created from decomposing granite. Often found in vineyards through out Northwestern Spain.
How do they make it?
Pazo Senorans Albarino straddles the realm of fruitiness and savouriness. It is a slightly warmer ferment in stainless steel, which suits the savoury base. Then it has at least 5 months contact with its dead yeast cells, or lees. This lees contact bolsters that savouriness, adds a creamy fleshy body and character, while not detracting from the floral freshness of the wine.
What does it taste like?
Being a dry white wine it has a residual sugar level of just under 2 g/l. It has a lovely floral jasmine note that then has this deeper pear and peach base. That is not the full story however. There is a delicious mineral savouriness to appreciate as well. It is fuller bodied and well balanced with fresh acid and the finish here is long, long and savoury.
Drink it young and fresh!
What to drink it with?
Go with a coastal Spanish theme and you really cannot go wrong here. It goes without saying that seafood works very well. Particularly, with that savouriness. That also means that it will go marvellously with chicken and plant based dishes as well. Salads especially. Moreover, don’t stop there. I think this has the gravitas to go well with a lightly flavoured pork dish too.
But, of course, all things seafood where you might choose a white fish over a pink fleshed fish.
Fresh cheeses, even marinated feta or mozzarella, go well here. Or that famous Spaniard, Manchego.
Quickie review « That minerally savouriness adds complexity to a fruity dry white classic from Spain. »
Country of Origin: Rias Baixas DO, Spain
Tasting Date: June 2022
Price: UK £20 | €13 |USD$20++
Needs food: no
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