Lícia is a shortening of Galicia, the region in northwest Spain known for its Celtic influence and overall greenness due to the maritime climate. This estate wine is a refreshing and flavorful white that is made from 100% Albariño, sourced from the subzones of Condado de Tea and O Rosal in DO Rías Baixas. Situated along the border with Portugal, vineyards in these subzones benefit from the drier climate and warmer growing season.
About the Vineyard
The location in the sourthern part of Galicia provides much more sun hours than our neighbors from the north, creating a micro climate which helps very much in the ripening process. Our vineyards are normally the first ones to start the harvest every year, due to this weather that helps us to get the right ripening of the grapes.
The harvest starts in the middle of September, and the grapes are collected manually in 20-kilo crates, with strict control at the reception area. 70% of the grapes are macerated for 6 hours at a controlled temperature of 8-10 ºC and then pressed. The fermentation takes place in stainless-steel tanks at controlled temperature for 2-3 weeks.
Straw yellow with greenish hues, the Lícia Albariño has strong varietal characteristics with hints of grapefruit, candied fruit, quince jelly, notes of fresh herbs, green apples, and minerals. It is full bodied and well balanced, highlighting the aromas of citrus and green apple, with a long and persistent finish.
This wine pairs deliciously with grilled fish—or any kind of seafood—Asian cuisines, rice dishes, salads and grilled vegetables.