Bodegas Terras Gauda 2020 "Abadía de San Campio" Albariño

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Tasting notes
A wine of great aromatic intensity with hints of ripe white fruit – Golden Delicious apple and pear – supported by pleasant notes of citrus. With a good breadth and balance of flavours, the wine is bright and fresh, with a certain tartness reinforcing the sensation of freshness and it has a pleasant final touch, persisting in the mouth for a long time. Ideal with shellfish and Asian dishes.

Why we recommend this wine
We first met Alvarinho wine in Northern Portugal and it quickly became our white wine of choice during our trip there (see our notes here). Head a km or so North across the Minho river and you are in Spain, in Albariño country. Terras Gauda is an excellent example of this varietal.

The wine
Fuity, aromatic and fresh. If you like Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling or Pinot Grigio this is the wine for you. Jane MacQuitty says of Albarino, "It’s not a big obvious wine. If chardonnay is the Dolly Parton of the wine world, with all its assets boldly displayed in the front window, albarino is the Grace Kelly – far more smouldering." This wine is highly rated by wine writers; Jamie Goode, for example, rating it 90/100.
This wine is made from grapes grown in their highest-altitude, less humid, cooler vineyards where there is a greater day-night temperature differential, thus favoring slower ripening, giving us a fresher Albariño of great aromatic intensity, a greater degree of acidity and smoothness on the palate.
The grapes are harvested by hand and transported to the winery in crates weighing no more than 18 Kg, thus preventing the grapes from prematurely splitting open. After pre-fermentation cold maceration, alcoholic fermentation is carried out using their own native yeast collected from our own vineyard.
The wine is at its best when drunk at a temperature of ten or twelve degrees, that is, not straight from the fridge.

The wine estate
Bodegas Terras Gauda is a family-owned business and is the leading maker in the region. It has grown remarkably from its beginnings in 1990 to now encompass four wineries spread around Spain and a vegetable canning factory. It now has 160 hectares of vineyards that provide all the grapes for the wines they make.

Food and wine
Wonderful pairing with shellfish, oysters, clams and crab. Enjoy with spicy Asian cuisine. Also see our guide to pairing food and wine here.

Did you know?
Legend has it that monks from Cluny brought the vines with them from France. For hundreds of years, Albariño vines grew wild - around the trunks of poplar trees and in bushes on the edges of fields. It was only in the 1950s that vineyards of the vines were created.