Rias Baixas, Spain
A refreshing and zippy white wine from Northern Spain. Shimmering yellow and green with an intriguing nose of apricots and wildflower. Great zest on the palate with green apples and citrus fruit to the fore.
- Rias Baixas
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Bodegas Fillaboa is owned by the Masaveu family, who trace their winemaking history back to the 14th century, almost the beginning of Spain’s wine tradition. Since the founding of the D.O. Rías Baixas in 1988, Fillaboa, meaning “the good daughter” in Gallego, has produced some of the rarest and highest quality Albariño in the region. Albariño, known as the “White Rhine,” because of its similarity to Riesling, is an indigenous grape varietal to Spain and quite a recent discovery.
In the early nineties, Hugh Johnson described it as 'perhaps Spain's most exciting new kind of wine', and it now has a dedicated following due to its unique and complex flavours and texture. Fillaboa is recognised as a highly prestigious identifying mark of Galicia, and it is a delicate and complex combination of the purest craftsmanship and careful use of technology that has placed them at the top of the range in the winemaking world. Rias Baixas enjoys an Atlantic climate, with mild temperatures and heavy rains, and for this reason is known as the 'Green Spain'.
Fillaboa is one of only a few producers in this area making wine exclusively from grapes grown on their own estate, leading Tomas Clancy of the Sunday Business Post to describe it, rather intriguingly, as a 'handcrafted, wickedly piquant wine'.
"Fillaboa are right on the river Mino which create Galicia’s border with Portugal. Atlantik is from the flatter land while the Fillaboa (label) is from the slopes and is a little more mineral. Atlantik has aromas of white flowers and light peach aromas with a salty apple influenced tang on the palate."
"...a quality white pick is the superb, linear Atlantik Albarino DO Rias Baixas."
The climate is Atlantic, with wet winters and sea fog. In general rainfall is high and the temperatures mild. In general, maximum temperatures in summer rarely usually exceed 30 °C and only drop to 0 °C in December and January.