Red Wine Algueira Serradelo 2016
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A true rarity, Algueira Serradello is a varietal Spanish red wine from bodega Adega Algueira made solely from Brancellao. This is a largely forgotten variety indigenous to Ribeira Sacra, whose cultivation was almost abandoned after the phylloxera epidemic.
The grapes come from scenic vineyards located on the banks of the Sil river, with steep slopes up to 80%. Vines are 30 years old on average, and climate is Mediterranean with an Atlantic influence.
Hand-harvested at dusk, the grapes were selected on site and placed whole bunch in 600-litre used French oak barres. Then they were stomped to kickstart the fermentation process, which was carried out using only the native yeasts of the grapes. After that, Algueira Serradello 2016 underwent a low-temperature post-fermentation maceration. Finally, the wine was aged for 12 months in the barrels before bottling.
Since it opens quite tight, be sure to decant this red wine from Ribeira Sacra at least 30 minutes before drinking, preferably more.
Pair this Crianza red wine with white meat dishes, oily fish recipes, Indian cuisine and cold cuts.
The red wine Algueira Serradelo is medium cherry with an orangeish rim.
After a long aeration, this varietal Brancellao suggests some smokey and floral aromas, seguing into notes of Amarena cherries, bitter herbs and wet earth. Well-defined and characteristic, with a clear terroir imprint.
Subtle and elegant, this wine from Adega Algueira has a steely acidity and a tannic, Barolo-like character. Intricate and full of nuance, with fleshy red fruit and woodland decay, leading to a stony and herbal finish. Superb!
|Our personal opinion||
Wines like Algueira Serradelo 2016 prove that the recovery of forgotten grape varieties is a worthy task.
Algueira Brancellao 2010:
Enterwine 91. Peñín 94. Parker 90.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||30 minutes before serving|
|Type of ageing||Months in French oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||12|
|Pairings||bluefish, Cow´s cheese, Poultry, Soup and rice, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , White meat with gravy|
|Taste||Lively and Fresh, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|