Esencia Divina Albarino 2021

Adegas Gran Vinum
Rias Baixas
White Wine
76 hectares
Sandy loam, with mollusk shells over granite bedrock
25 meters
50 years
Aged 3 months with fine lees in stainless steel tank


The grapes for this wine come from three different estate vineyards and from contracted fruit grown in the Val do Salnes sub-region of Rias Baixas. Cool maceration with skins overnight at low temperature and then only moderate pressure is used to obtain the more aromatic portion of the must. Fermented in stainless steel vats with temperature control. Bottled in March 2008.



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

91pts View from the Cellar

I love that the winery is now making magnums of their entry level Albariños available in the American market (please see below). The 2021 Esencia Diviña bottling shows a bit more depth on both the nose and palate than the fresh as a daisy Nessa bottling in this vintage, jumpingfrom the glass in a fine aromatic constellation of lime, tart pear, lemongrass, salty minerality, agentle touch of leesiness from some aging on its fine lees and a topnote of Chablis-like straw tones. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and shows good mid-palate depth, withlovely acids and grip, fine focus and a long, complex and very well-balanced finish. Another fine, fine value. 2022-2030+.

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