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Producer: Pazo do MarGrape Varieties: Treixadura 100%Optimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: An aromatic and full-flavoured wineAlcohol by Volume: 13%Closure: CorkCountry: Spain
An aromatic and full-flavoured wine with aromas of white orchard fruit and roses with underlying hints of lavender, textured with a lovely crisp, fruity finish.
Founded by the Mendez Family in 2002, the Pazo do Mar winery is dedicated to the production of Galician wine from the native varieties of Albariño, Treixadura, Godello and Mencia. The vineyards are situated 150 metres above sea level on slate and granite soils and are influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. This family-run estate aspires to find the perfect balance between traditional values and an innovative and modern approach to winemaking, resulting in a collection of stunning wines with freshness and personality.
2020 was a classic Ribeiro vintage. Generous rainfall during the winter replenished the soil’s water reserves. The weather in spring was mild, creating good conditions for budding and flowering. The summer was warm, but not excessively so, allowing the physiological development of the vine to progress normally. However, in mid September, the weather changed, resulting in a rapid harvest to retain the quality of the fruit. The 2020 wines show refreshing acidity and clear, elegant aromatic characters.
The aromatic Treixadura variety is a local variety of the Ribeiro region. This slow-ripening white variety can be sensitive, so site selection is paramount. The Pazo do Mar Treixadura vineyard is testament to this: the grapes for this wine come from the Torre do Olivar vineyard, a viticultural site which dates back to the Middle Ages. In 2002, the vineyard was replanted with the current Treixadura vines. The vines are planted at a spacing of 1.5 x 2.5 metres on wide trellises system to avoid too much canopy shade, allowing the grapes to reach good maturity levels. Guyot pruning takes place, which compensates for this slightly vigorous variety, keeping yields under control to produce concentrated juice. The vineyard sits at an elevation of 150 metres above sea level on a meander of the Miño River, which has a moderating influence on the vines, as they have been oriented to encourage maximise exposure to the sun. The soil is sedimentary with slate components, which retains the warmth of the day and radiates it at night, as Treixadura needs warm soils for optimum quality. The grapes are hand harvested.
The grapes were cold-macerated in stainless steel tanks prior to being gently pressed. Slow fermentation took place at controlled temperatures of 16°C lasting one month with fine lees imparting texture. Maturation took place in stainless steel tanks for three months. The wine was gently fined and bottled without any influence of oak, showcasing the aromatic characteristics of the Treixadura variety.
An aromatic and full-flavoured wine with pure aromas of white orchard fruit and lively citrus notes. Elegant, with a creamy, luscious texture and a lovely crisp, fruity finish.
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