Mar de Frades Albariño 2021 wine review | Wine Wednesday 

A bottle of Mar de Frades Albariño 2021.

For Wine Wednesday this time, I’m taking you through a bottle of Mar de Frades Albariño and sharing my thoughts on it with you. Are you a fan of a good bottle of Albariño? Perhaps the 2021 Mar de Frades Albariño might make its way to the top of your shopping list this Wednesday.

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About the Mar de Frades winery

Mar de Frades is a Spanish winery founded in 1987 and based in the Salnés Valley in Galicia. Thanks to its Salnés Valley location, the Mar de Frades winery benefits from the Atlantic breeze helping to produce fresh wines with salty and mineral qualities. Mar de Frades is known for its Albariño wines and has a core portfolio of Mar de Frades Godello 2020, Brut Nature, Finca Valiñas 2018, Finca Monteveiga 2018, and today’s Wine Wednesday pick; Mar de Frades Albariño 2021.

Mar de Frades champions sustainable practices in its wine production and is part of a Spanish association known as Wineries for Climate Protection (WfCP). The WfCP has established environmental criteria for sustainable wineries which must be met in order for them to achieve recognition as a WfCP certified organisation. Some of the key criteria that Mar de Frades has met in order to achieve their stamp of approval from the WfCP include committing to reducing greenhouse gasses and waste, and ensuring they’re prioritising energy efficiency at their winery. To find out more about this, visit the Mar de Frades website.

Mar de Frades Head Winemaker, Paula Fandiño

At the heart of Mar de Frades is their incredible winemaker Paula Fandiño who’s known for her interest in experimentation with the Albariño grape variety in particular.Paula’s passion for winemaking has seen her gain recognition from Drink Business as one of the 10 best winemakers in Spain. Learn more about Paula and how she plays such a significant part in the Mar de Frades brand on their website.

Mar de Frades Albariño 2021 review

Mar de Frades has a brilliant core range of wines to choose from, but for Wine Wednesday this week I’ve chosen the Mar de Frades Albariño 2021. Before we even get to the tasting notes for this wine, I think we should take a moment to marvel over just how beautiful a bottle the Mar de Frades Albariño is. Its striking blue colour definitely makes it the kind of bottle that’s going to stand out on your shelf (or, more likely, in your fridge). It’s not just the colour of the bottle that’s beautiful though, it also has a lovely crashing wave design on the front – transporting you to Galicia instantly.

But, as for the wine itself, it has a strong straw-like colour to it and aromas of citrus fruits (lemon and lime), tropical fruits, and butter as well. On the palate, it’s a dry and acidic white wine with lots of lovely citrus flavour – think lemon and gooseberry. There’s a buttery quality to it, as was the case on the nose as well, and an overall slight creaminess. The mix of fresh and sharp acidity alongside the creamy notes really balances Mar de Frades Albariño out, making it a well-rounded bottle well worth trying this Wine Wednesday. It’ll fast become a favourite Albariño of mine, that’s for certain. Mar de Frades is available online and in-store at retailers including TESCO and Harvey Nichols.

Pair your Albariño with these tunes

Ready to try out the Mar de Frades Albariño? Set the mood with my Wine Wednesday playlist and enjoy your Wednesday.

Some more suggested sippers

Interested in exploring other white wines from Female Original? Take a look through my Wine Wednesday recommendations.

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