Pedralonga Serea Albarino 2019
In 1982 Francisco Alfonso planted this 7.5 hectare cru on a pure granitic hillside, ten miles from the Atlantic Ocean. For years they sold the wine locally and unlabeled. In 1997 they founded the winery as it is known today: Pedralonga, which means 'big rock' in Gallego, a reference to the huge chunks of granite sticking out of the soil. It is now run by Francisco’s son Miguel.
The vineyard has always been farmed organically and in 2007 they began integrating biodynamic practices. Miguel is fond of the Galician saying 'A man who does not watch the moon does not reap the harvest.' They closely follow the phases when making farming decisions. They plow only when needed in order to combat erosion and promote the vineyard’s natural biodiversity.
In the cellar Miguel does as little as possible. He doesn’t de-stem the Albariño grapes and he does partial whole-cluster fermentationon for the red blend. He’s only using native yeast and doesn’t block malolactic fermentation with the belief that the natural process is part of the vintage variation. The wines are all aged on the lees for extended periods before being bottled. The resulting wines are complex and age-worthy, with remarkable texture and structure, balanced by bracing acidity and rich minerality.
Serea, meaning 'Mermaid' in Gallego, is made of 100% hand-harvested Albariño from 10-15 year-old organic vines near the coast. Fermented with native yeasts, aged in stainless steel for three months and made with very low sulphur. The wine is fresh and lively, laden with minerals, salinity with hints of citrus and perfumed aromatics.
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