Leirana Albariño 2020 · Buy it for £18.25 at Vinissimus
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Spec sheet

AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.0%

The wine

Leirana is a single-varietal Albariño wine which uses grapes from different towns in the Salnes valley in Galicia to produce a faithful expression of the region's character. Considered to be home to the very best Albariño, the Salnes valley is the coastal sub-region of the DO Rías Baixas appellation. A wonderful landscape where vines between 40 and 60 years old grow in granite and sandy soils close to the Atlantic.

The Forjas del Salnés winery, set up back in 2005 by Rodrigo Méndez with the help of top Bierzo winemaker Raúl Pérez, produces some of the most honest, expressive and exciting wines in the Salnes valley including the wonderful Leirana. They choose only the best grapes from the best plots, often from old vines. Organic agriculture methods are used in the vineyards and wines are aged in pre-used or large wooden barrels. Each plot is vinified separately to understand and interpret its natural character which depends on factors like the soil, location, altitude and proximity to the sea.

Leirana is fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks (60%) and oak foudres (40%) where it is left to age for six months. In the glass, it displays a pale yellow colour with greenish glints and offers delightfully clean aromas of white and stone fruits, embellished with flowers and freshly-cut grass. Fresh and agile in the mouth, it has a degree of unctuosity and minerality with a saline sensation thanks to the Atlantic. It offers a varietal character and a splendidly acidic structure, before leaving us with an elegant and slightly bitter finish with hints of citrus fruit and a feeling of wanting another sip.

Our sommelier recommends this wine for its freshness, lively electric acidity, and minerality. A wine that captures all the essence of old Albariño vines and expresses its utmost respect for the terroir and a splendid potential for improving over time.

What does this wine taste like?

Pale yellow / Golden glints
Fruit aromas / White fruit / Vine peach / Flowers / Fresh herb
Fresh / Flavoursome / Pleasant / Unctuous / Mineral

Drinking and storing


Food pairing

Cod, Seafood, Aperitifs, Oysters, Juicy rice dishes

Ratings and awards

202093 PN
201993 PK92 PN
201894 PK92 PN
201793 PK17 JR92 PN
201692+ PK92 PN
201592 PK92 PN92 SK
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonPN: PeñínSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Jancis Robinson

The first Albariño to be bottled is the 2019 Leirana, which I was also able to compare with the 2018 vintage. It's the one that represents the character of the Valle del Salnés, as it's produced with grapes from different villages across the valley. This ferments in a combination of 60% stainless steel vats and 40% oak foudres, where the wine matures for six months. Contrary to what I've seen at other addresses, this 2019 is very closed and backward; it's a vintage with very high acidity, citrus and salt. This is still a little too young. 30,000 bottles produced. The first lot of two was bottled in February 2020, when they used a little more wine from the foudre to make it more approachable, because the market demands the wines very early, and especially in 2019, the acidity is very sharp.

— Luis Gutiérrez (01/10/2021)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2019 - 93 PARKER

I've seen some of these vines and in winter the spray of the sea lashes their trunks. It's a wine that tastes of the sea. Salt-etched Meyer lemons, citrus fragrance precision-carved into stone, bone dry yet tasting of marmalade. It's a wine that drives so hard and so fiercely that it's knuckle white with tension and yet... underneath, so quiet that you have to stop and listen for it, there is a soft heart, a meltingness of apricot.

— Tamlyn Currin (08/02/2019)JancisRobinson.com Vintage 2017 - 17 JANCIS ROBINSON

Customer reviews

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