Santiago Ruiz "O Rosal" Rías Baixas 2020


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An aromatic and vibrant wine from the most southerly of the Rías Baixas sub-zones: O Rosal. Loureiro, a variety prized for its aromatic flavour profile and signature bay leaf notes, performs particularly well here and wines labelled "O Rosal" must include this grape in the blend. Here it constitutes 9%, the largest behind Albariño (82%) with Caiño Blanco (4%), Treixadura (3%) and Godello (2%) bringing up the rear.

The Ruiz family has been making wines in Galicia since the 1860s. Ángel Ruiz, Santiago’s grandfather, was one of the first people to produce and bottle wines in the region. Santiago then picked up the baton and continued the pioneering spirit of his grandfather by installing the first ever stainless-steel tanks in Rías Baixas. Such was his contribution to the development of modern winemaking in the region that a street in San Miguel de Tabagón bears his name. The new winery, built in 2007, is fully equipped with state-of-the art winemaking technology and head winemaker Luisa Freire, an expert in aromatic varieties, makes clean and expressive white wines that reflect the unique sense of place of O Rosal.