Awarded 95 points, Gold status, the Spanish White Trophy and the Rias Baixas Trophy at the 2021 IWC (International Wine Challenge) in May 2021.
Granbazan, Etiqueta Ambar Albarino 2019 - IWC 2021 review
Wine of the Week at www.JancisRobinson.com on 14th May 2021; see here for the full article.
Awarded a high 16.5 points (of 20) on Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages (www.JancisRobinson.com) - reviewer Tamlyn Currin - in May 2021 (see blue link below), hence the article above.
Granbazan, Etiqueta Ambar Albarino 2019 - jancisrobinson.com May 2021 review
Bodegas Granbazan was established in the heart of the Val do Salnés, Rías Baixas, in 1981. The winery and Bordeaux-style manor house is at the centre of the 13.5-hectare Finca Tremoedo vineyard. Their focus is purely on the Albariño grape and to that end the vineyard was planted in 1980 with a range of Albariño clones from across Galicia. Finca Tremoedo consists of 10 different plots, each with its own microclimate, and each tended and harvested separately.
Produced from 100% estate-grown Albariño sourced from the warmest plots of Finca Tremoedo vineyard in Vilanova de Arousa - just a kilometre from the sea. The vines are around 35 years old, and are pergola-trained in sandy granite soils. Grapes are hand-harvested into 17kg crates. All free-run juice, with long skin contact (12 hours) and fermentation in stainless steel using indigenous yeasts. The wine is aged on its fine lees for 8 months.
Fresh almost tropical aromas then stone fruit and citrus on the palate with a creamy texture, mineral notes, vibrant acidity and classic saline characters. Quite ripe and complex in style but with fresh balancing acidity and a classic saline character.
or as IWC21 put it, "Intense, floral sea salty Rias Baixas. Aromas of ripe melon with ripe pears, lemons and kiwi and rich peachiness on the palate. Ocean sea salt. Great concentration and a juicy tropical finish".