Santiago Ruiz 'Rosa Ruiz' Albariño 2021
The Santiago Ruiz ‘Rosa Ruiz’ is a 100% Albariño that comes from old, pergola-trained vines planted beside the old Santiago Ruiz winery (now a museum) in San Miguel de Tabagón. These old vines produce low yields of extremely concentrated fruit, packed full of flavour. An extended pre-fermentation maceration, to extract maximum aromatics from the thick-skinned Albariño grapes, and five months of lees ageing following fermentation have resulted in a complex and textured wine. On the nose there are intense aromas of apricot and ripe lemon, married with tropical hints of papaya and mango and subtle floral nuances. On the palate there is a broad and rich texture, thanks to the time on lees, and a vibrant acidity carries the pronounced flavours onto the long and elegant finish. This bottle also has a distinctive label: a hand-drawn sketch based on an old photo of Santiago and his daughter Rosa standing on the balcony above the winery door.