2019 Nanclares y Prieto, Tempus Vivendi Albarinho
ORIGIN: Galicia, Spain
Special Notes: natural, organic, no added sulphites
About Nanclares y Prieto
Alberto Nanclares is our favorite kind of natural winemaker: his wines don't taste strange, they just taste naked. This is to say they are not oaky, not overtly styled, and wild in a joyful way. His Albariño is brisk, refreshing, and as as salty as the Atlantic ocean that his small organic vineyards are perched above. "Tempus Vivendi' is easy-drinking and bright with citrus; you should pour yourself a tall glass whenever seafood is involved, or to keep cool while cooking something else.
Tempus Vivendi is a blend of multiple plots from Sanxenxo at the very south tip of the Salnes valley, an outcrop of land that sticks straight out into the Atlantic Ocean. The climate here is noticably colder and more exposed than the rest of Salnes and consequently it is here that the Nanclares y Prieto wines become the most angular and austere. Riven with iodine and salt and structured by a bracing acidity Tempus Vivendi is about as far from the tropical, fruity Albarino often hidden under a garish label that's become a commercial success. Pitched and nervy when it's first released with a few months Tempus Vivendi settles into itself and develops into an immensely satisfying and serios version of Albarino.
Clay, decomposed granite & sand
Aging on lees for 7 months with weekly battonage
75% stainless, 25% barrel
Tasting Notes: Fresh, saline, crisp.