Nanclares y Prieto, Tempus Vivendi 2021
Rias Biaxas, Spain
From the importer-
Farmed from a number of plots in and around Sanxenxo. The vines are 25-45 years old, and the plots are largely south and west facing and planted on sandy granite and clay. The grapes were harvested by hand, sorted, and gently pressed without destemming in whole-bunches using a pneumatic press. The juice ferments with its native yeasts in stainless steel tank, then rests on the lees for 7 months in the same vessel, with weekly batonnage for the first month.
Alberto Nanclares and Silvia Prieto make transparent, Atlantic-influenced wines, mainly with Albariño from old vines around the village of Cambados. Employing organic farming practices and a restrained hand in the cellar, the pair have managed something very rare: the refinement of Albariño into angular, age-worthy wines that express the fascinating terruños of Cambados and Rías Baixas.