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Forjas del Salnés ‘Leirana’ Albariño 2021

Albariño from Val do Salnés, Spain, Rìas Baixas, Galicia

$46

$43ea in any 3+
$40ea in any 6+
Closure: Cork

Description

Loads of intrigue. Super saline with sherbety citric acid hit. Building development to the fruit with seamlessly layered in oak time & complexing lees work offering up plenty of interest at the price point. Fresh, thirst-quenching delicious drinking. Fun and playful.


The 2021 Leirana feels classical, with the Salnés accent, freshness and some austerity. It fermented in stainless steel and oak foudre (80% of the volume), where the wine matured for six months. They have reversed the proportion of stainless steel and oak because of the tension of the wine; they decided to use more oak (which is unnoticeable, the foudres are from 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2017, quite neutral), and the wine was polished by the slow oxygenation. Saline minerality. 40,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2022. Drink 2023-2028

Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate 93+ Points

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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

Leirana Albariño is partially fermented in stainless steel, partially in old oak and kept on fine lees.

About

Over the last decade, Forjas del Salnés has firmly established itself as a cult producer in Rías Baixas wines that speak so clearly of the land on which they’re grown. Rodrigo Mendez, grandson of the project’s founder and local vinous legend Francisco Mendez Laredo, grows a selection of indigenous red varietals rarely seen in Rías Baixas: Caíño, Loureiro Tinto, Espadeiro, alongside the more ubiquitous Albariño. The red varieties now form a collection of wines known as ‘Goliardo’ – a local Galician term for a drunk philosophe.

In the Vineyard

At the heart of the project is the two hectare estate of Madame Lola, where pre-phylloxera Caíño and Albariño vines are planted on granitic sand around an old cellar.

Including Madame Lola’s estate, Forjas del Salnés now farms 12.5 acres of vines, spread across the Salnés valley. They search for sites with slight elevation, fast draining, sandy soils, and granitic bedrock to help counteract the high rainfall typical of Rías Baixas. Rodrigo farms organically, one of the few to do so in a region with high disease pressure, and typically yields are between a third and a half of the 12,000kg per hectare regional average.

In the Winery

When Rodrigo began work here, he found a cellar with estate-made Albariño from the 1960s and 1970s, produced simply, with indigenous yeasts, old oak barrels for fermentation and ageing. These rare old bottles showed tremendous complexity and longevity. These bottlings, along with the simple manner of production at Madame Lola’s estate, have continued to inform the project as Rodrigo seeks complex, age-worthy expressions of the local terroir whose savoury nature provides stark contrast to the mainstream Rías Baixas producers.

Where in the World is Forjas del Salnés?

Forjas del Salnés is in the Val do Salnés sub-zone of Rías Baixas known as the birthplace of the Albariño grape. Located on the Atlantic coast in the north west corner of spain, it surrounds the historic town of Cambados. This is the original and oldest sub-region with the most area under vine and the highest concentration of wineries.

 

93+ Points

The 2021 Leirana feels classical, with the Salnés accent, freshness and some austerity. It fermented in stainless steel and oak foudre (80% of the volume), where the wine matured for six months. They have reversed the proportion of stainless steel and oak because of the tension of the wine; they decided to use more oak (which is unnoticeable, the foudres are from 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2017, quite neutral), and the wine was polished by the slow oxygenation. Saline minerality. 40,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2022. Drink 2023-2028

Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate

Where in the world does the magic happen?

Bodegas Forjas del Salnés, Cambados, Pontevedra, Spain

Val do Salnés
Galicia
Rìas Baixas
Spain