Vine-growing in Rías Baixas typically takes place across numerous small plots, so the Arantei estate (at 35ha) is the largest single estate in the region, and the oldest vineyard that La Val own.
The Albariño grapes for this wine are sourced from the single Arantei estate at the extreme south of Condado de Tea – where it is the first vineyard in the region to begin harvesting. The Arantei estate is over 30 years old, located in the old river bed – where pebbles are a main feature in the rich clay and mineral soil. It has a southerly aspect, aiding ripening. Harvesting is by hand, with careful grape selection. The grapes are destemmed, undergo a 6 hour cold maceration at 10ºC (to add texture to the wine), and are then fermented using natural yeasts in stainless steel at a controlled temperature. The wine is rested on its lees for at least 3 months before bottling, with regular batonnage.
The La Val Finca Arantei Albariño has lifted, floral aromas of citrus and peach. Minerality on the palate is balanced by stone fruit, lime and white spice – giving a long, crisp and zesty finish.