Manuel Moldes, "Afelio" Albarino 2018

Manuel Moldes, "Afelio" Albarino 2018

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"Afelio" is Moldes' entry-level bottling of pure Albariño, and is a wine that speaks of the ocean. Elegantly taunt, with Atlantic influenced aromatics of seashells, kelp and misty ocean air, marked with juicy citrus and delicate white floral tones. The ten months of aging combined with the two years this wine has now had in bottle has tamed the sometimes overly rambunctious nature this grape can have: here we have a high-toned, richly textured expression. Salted lemon, honeydew melon and ripe green apple are expertly matched by the chiseled stoney elements on the long salty finish. Like a wave crashing on the shore.

To speak of Albariños such as this without mentioning the intense work that goes into cultivating and harvesting these grapes would be a huge disservice to the region's history. These vines, planted in different micro-parcels throughout the Val do Salnés, are meticulously trained onto overhead pergolas, some reaching more than six feet in height and often supported by massive vertical planks of local granite. This laborious system of training helps to fight against the risk of rot due to areas damp and humid climate, and significantly reduces the amount of copper that is sprayed in the vineyards.

The grapes are hand harvested and manually basket pressed right away. The juice is then fermented in stainless steel and aged in a combination of old barrels and steel tanks for ten months before being bottled.

(Kirk Sutherland June 2021)

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