Adegas Gran Vinum Esencia Divina Albarino 2021

Adegas Gran Vinum
Rias Baixas
White Wine
76 hectares
Sandy loam, with mollusk shells over granite bedrock
South facing slopes|25 meters
40 years
Aged for an extended period on lees in tank prior to bottling


This wine is produced from young estate grown vines and purchased grapes from older vineyards in the Salnes sub-region of Rias Baixas. After cluster sorting the grapes are whole cluster pressed in a pneumatic press, followed by settling of the must with dry ice.

The wine was fermented at 64°F in stainless steel tank. No malolactic fermentation. Aged for 1 month on fine lees for increased texture and mouthfeel.



93pts Wine Review Online – 2021 vintage

Despite having made multiple trips to Rias Baixas, I’ve never enjoyed the opportunity to visit this bodega in order to learn how such exemplary consistency is achieved across the various releases from Adegas Gran Vinum every year — or how they worked up the nerve to give a wine this name. In any case, this is awesome juice that makes the name seem somewhat less audacious, with significantly more richness, depth of flavor and persistency of finish than the other new 2021 releases. As the wine warms and opens in the glass, it reveals a hint of tropical fruits alongside the core of pitted fruits (reminiscent of nectarines and apricots). The factor of serving temperature is worth revisiting, as this wine definitely gets better as it warms, whereas showing wines cold to cover flaws is a very old sales trick. No tricks needed here, and no flaws, either. This would be a killer pairing for shellfish, but more broadly, also for almost any seafood dish not involving a tomato sauce. Substantial but refreshing, this is already terrific but destined for another few years of improvement.
Michael Franz – February 15, 2022

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