Granbazán Etiqueta Verde
Winery: Granbazán
Vintage: 2014
Winemaker: JESUS ALVAREZ OTERO
Type of Wine: White
Bottles Produced: 100
Region: DO Rías Baixas - Val do Salnés
Composition: 100% Albariño
SRP: $19
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Wine Description

 The 2014 harvest was primarily characterized by a decrease of 30% in volume throughout the Rías Baixas appellation. Despite the significant decline in production, the harvest was marked by the Atlantic character of this vintage, due to the moderate temperatures during most of the year, (between 59ºC and 86 °C throughout the vegetative stage of the plant). The wine shows a crisp fresh acidity with moderate alcohol level, around 12.7% by vol. During the winter, some early and short frost before shooting, with no consequences for the plants.

Flowering has been characterized by a very fast and uniform season, under ideal weather conditions, with no rain and average temperatures of 68ºC to 77ºC. The rains during the growing season helped a proper and balanced bunch development. The harvest took place in late September with total absence of rain. The harvest was long and homogeneous, giving time to the elated bunches to get the appropriate ripening levels. 

Granbazán verde, is a classic style Salnes Valley (Close to Cambados, the World Albariño Capital) wine, directly affected by the sea breeze, shows a distinctive salty after taste, and complex floral aromas. Great aging potential.

Winemaking process: The grapes without stems are submitted to a cold maceration between 43 and 48 ºC for 8 hours, in order to extract all the aromatic potential from the solid parts (pulp and skins) of the grape. Then, blends of free run juices, and gentle pressings, two weeks ferment at low temperatures (below 62ºC), four months on fine lees, light filtration and six weeks in bottle before being released. 

Tasting Notes

Pronounced varietal personality, with notes of fresh fruit, citrus, floral aromas, pear and green apples. Highly aromatic and nicely balanced, with an elegant, dry and slightly salty finish.

Optimal Serving Temperature: 8 °F
Pairing(s): oyster
Vineyards
Vineyard Size: 17
Soil Composition: decomposed granite, well draining
Training Method: pergola
Elevation: 79 meters
Exposure: N-S orientated and facing East
Winemaking & Aging
Fermentation: Stainless steel at low temp
Maceration Technique:: Cold macerated
Length of Maceration: 8 hours.
Malolactic Fermentation: no
Ageing (sur Lie): 3 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol: 12.5 %
pH Level: 3.45
Residual Sugar (g/l): 3.8
Acidity (g/l): 7