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Bodegas Zarate 'Balado' Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain

Bodegas Zarate 'Balado' Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain

2022 Bodegas Zarate 'Balado' Albariño

An Emblem of Purity and Tradition

Nestled in the heart of Spain's Rías Baixas appellation, Bodegas Zarate's 'Balado' Albariño stands as a testament to the estate's commitment to authenticity and sustainable viticulture. Crafted from the venerable Albariño grape, this wine encapsulates the unique terroir of Sisán-Ribadumia's cherished parcels, El Pago and El Balado. These ancient vineyards, encased by traditional granite walls, are the soul of a wine that bridges the past and present with elegance and finesse.

The Craft Behind the Creation

  • Appellation: DO Rías Baixas
  • Soils: Organic material over granite
  • Production: 2,640 bottles per year
  • Winemakers: Eulogio Pomares and Rebeca Montero

A Confluence of Heritage and Innovation

The 'Balado' vineyard, a south-facing gem replanted in 1950, thrives on shallow soil poor in organic matter, yielding grapes of exceptional concentration. Harvested by hand, the grapes undergo a meticulous selection process, ensuring only the finest are used. A gentle, long pressing and a natural fermentation in steel tanks, followed by aging on lees, imbue the wine with a luscious texture and complex aromatics. This meticulous care, combined with the absence of batonnage or malolactic fermentation, preserves the wine's vibrant acidity and purity.

Tasting Notes: A Journey Through the Senses

The 2022 Bodegas Zarate 'Balado' Albariño invites you on a sensory journey, starting with a bouquet rich in ripe peaches and lemon zest. On the palate, its crisp acidity intertwines with a pronounced minerality, unfolding in layers of complexity and depth. This Albariño is a reflection of its terroir—expressive, refined, and captivating.

A Legacy of Excellence

Under the stewardship of Eulogio Pomares, Bodegas Zarate transcends the conventional, marrying age-old traditions with innovative practices. The estate's pioneering approach to organic and biodynamic viticulture in Galicia underscores a deep respect for the land and its history. From the oldest documented Albariño vineyards to the revival of native red varieties, Zarate's wines are a tribute to the rich viticultural heritage of Rías Baixas.

Enjoyment and Pairing

With its harmonious balance of fruit, acidity, and minerality, the 2022 'Balado' Albariño is versatile and food-friendly. Its vibrant character makes it a perfect accompaniment to seafood dishes, from grilled octopus to a classic seafood paella, enhancing the flavors and elevating the dining experience.

A Testament to Time

The 'Balado' Albariño, with its potential for aging, invites collectors and enthusiasts alike to explore its evolution. As it matures, the wine promises to reveal new dimensions of flavor and complexity, a testament to the craftsmanship and vision of Bodegas Zarate. This Albariño is not just a wine; it's a journey through the essence of Rías Baixas, crafted by hands that honor tradition while embracing the future.


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