Bodegas Gallegas, situated in the Salnés Valley, is owned and run by brother and sister Manuel and Myriam Vazquez. The Galician winemaker, Carlos Blanco, has worked in the area for 25 years and understands the idosyncratic and patchwork nature of the region’s vineyards. He works closely with 250 growers who farm 120 hectares, supplementing Gallegas’ own 140 hectares. The coastal Rías Baixas region has the highest levels of rainfall in Spain, but the thick skins – and late ripening – of the Albariño grape are ideally suited to the climate. Bodegas Gallegas is just five kilometres from the ocean, and this is reflected in the wines’ striking maritimethemed packaging. The wines display an Atlantic freshness.
Lifted aromas of lemon peel, white peach and honeysuckle entice on the nose. The palate is refreshing and elegant with a silky mouthfeel and juicy stone fruit tempered by lively acidity and a saline finish. ‘Silandeiro’, is a Galician word meaning silence, referring to this wine’s subtle aromatics and depth.
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