From the 2009 vintage a new dream becomes reality for the Pazo de Barrantes Winery: La Comtesse de Pazo Barrantes. A contemporary white wine that shows the versatility of the Albariño to reach new heights of freshness, fragrance and exuberant aromatic power. La Comtesse delights us with an elegant complexity and an enhanced aromatic richness which proves that the character of the Albariño wine can reach surprising levels when treated with meticulous and careful use of oak barrels.
Grapes are sourced from Cacheiro single-vineyard, an old-vine plot within our 12-hectare estate called Pazo de Barrantes located in the Salnés valley (Rías Baixas D.O. Galicia).
Alcohol Content: 13,5% Vol.
Grape Variety: 100% Albariño.
Manual Harvest:In 18kg cases. September 21, 2016.
Winemaking: First of all, the albariño bunches are de-stemmed before pressing. Afterwards, the grapes are gently pressed to respect and boost the intense aromatic potential obtained from these old vine grapes. Juice settling. Temperature controlled alcoholic fermentation (10 ºC) takes place in a 3.000-litre French Allier oak vats for 60 days. In the pursuit of gaining more volume on the palate and a balanced mouth feel, the wine is left in contact with its fine lees for 4 months.
Ageing Process: La Comtesse ages in this same wooden vat for 12 months longer. Afterwards it remains in a concrete tank for other 10 months.
Bottling Date: February 20, 2019.
Limited Release: 12,240 bottles (75cl).
Pairing: Scarlet shrimp tartar with its coral and Capellanía white Reserva Sauce. Scallops and Norway lobster risotto with crispy bacon and butter. Clams in their juice, La Comtesse de Pazo Barrantes albariño, lime and grapefruit.
Serving Suggestion: We recommend serving the wine at around 13ºC so that its flavors and complexity show at their best.
SCORES LA COMTESSE 2016
GUÍA PROENSA (SPAIN): 98 points.
GUÍA VINOS GOURMETS (SPAIN): 96 points.
GUÍA PEÑÍN (SPAIN): 94 points.
PARKER • WINE ADVOCATE (USA): 93+ points.
JAMES SUCKLING (USA): 92 points.