Morgadío

Legado del Conde Albariño – 2021

Region: Spain - Galicia

Morgadío

In 1984 a farm named Morgadío in the Rías Baixas subdistrict of Condado do Tea near the aldea of Albeos was consolidated from multiple existing owners, and planting began. Vineyard area was gradually expanded to its current 148 acres. Within Rías Baixas there are three primary subdistricts: El Rosal and Val do Salnés on Galicia’s rainy Atlantic coast, and Condado do Tea inland on the north bank of the Miño River, a situation remarkably reminiscent of Germany’s Rheingau.

Condado’s gentle climate, southern exposure and soil of brilliantly reflective granite sand serve to maximize the Albariño’s concentration. Just in time for the 1988 harvest, Morgadío finished a state-of-the-art gravity-flow facility at the bottom of the vineyard amphitheater which includes pneumatic presses and isothermic stainless steel tanks. From the 1996 vintage, the Méndez family of Orense has increased investment in the bodega to maximize the quality of the grapes and wines.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Vineyards in Crecente, in the Condado do Tea subarea of Rias Baixas.

  • Altitude: 165 – 650 feet
  • Exposure: South
  • Soils: Granitic sand
  • Vine Age: 35+ years
  • Vine Training System: Emparrado – traditional horizontal arbor training system
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested
  • Grapes crushed quickly after picking
  • Fermented and aged in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
  • Aged 1 month in bottle before release
Winemaker's Notes

Clean and brilliant yellow color with green hints. An intense and perfumed albariño with aromas of orange blossom, melon and alluring minerality. Almost tropical. The palate is sleek and creamy, showing energy and verve. Its bright, zesty acidity and lemon citrus will make you crave a second glass.

Pair with shellfish, Asian cuisine, fish, pasta and risottos.

Wine Summary

100% Albarino; alcohol: 12.5%; 35 year old vineyards in Cresente, Condado do Tea subregion of Rias Baixas between 165 – 650 feet; granitic, sandy soils; vines trained in traditional horizontal arbor; hand harvested and pressed quickly; fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks; bottle aged 1 month.

Technical Information
  • 100% Albariño
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Total Acidity: 6.7 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: < 3 g/l

Reviews

90.5 Points

This white gold colored Albarino opens with a golden delicious apple and honeysuckle, bouquet with hints of lime, cantaloupe, and sea spray. On the palate, this wine is medium plus bodied with medium plus acidity. The mouthfeel is balanced, round and viscous. The flavor profile is an Anjou pear and green tea blend, notes of chalky minerality and stone fruit. We also detected some hints of pineapple and dried herbs. The finish is dry, and its flavors and acidity show nice length.

Ken's Wine Guide, July, 2023

General Info

COUNTRY SPAIN
REGION D.O. Rías Baixas
APPELLATION Condado do Tea
PROPRIETORS  Múndez family of Orense
FOUNDED 1984
WINEMAKER Pablo Estévez
ANNUAL PRODUCTION 15,000 9L cases
FARMING (SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC) Chemical free vineyards are maintained using a grass mantle. All measures are takien to preserve the indigenous flora and fauna.