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Santiago Ruiz Rias Baixas O Rosal 2021

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Santiago Ruiz Rias Baixas O Rosal 2021
Producer Santiago Ruiz
Region, Country Rias Biaxas, Spain
Bottle Size 750ml
Product Code 20963-750

The O Rosal sub-region is the most southerly in Rías Baixas, sited along the Portuguese frontier in the basin of the river Miño and extending  from the Atlantic coast inwards towards the town of Tui. The vineyards are planted on terraces on the banks of the river on alluvial soils. Spread across the exposed sunny slopes of Tomiño and mimicking the traditional blend of an O Rosal wine, Santiago Ruiz’s vines are devoted to guyot-pruned plantings of Albariño, Loureiro, Caíño Blanco, Treixadura and Godello (in decreasing order).

A wine labelled with the sub-regional designation of O Rosal must contain Loureiro, and here (where the component hovers around 10%) the controlled yields of the variety bring ripe citric drive and notes of blossom to the blend. With an unusually high percentage of Albariño this year, the 2021 weighs in at 76% Albariño, 11% Loureiro and 5% Treixadura, with the balance Caíño Blanco and Godello. Each variety was individually fermented and raised for six months on lees in stainless steel before blending and bottling.

To put it plainly, this is a lovely, invigorating Spanish white. Fresh lime citrus combines with slightly more tropical notes than the 2020, all fringed with salty lemons. Driving acidity, rocky grip and mineral drive are balanced by a supple mouthfeel and a long-lasting close. The drinking in the sunshine vibe is strong here - another cracking release.

Santiago Ruiz Rias Baixas O Rosal 2021

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