Vina Almirante Pionero Mundi 2012
Clear and brilliant pale-yellow color with green reflections. Intense, full nose with a marked varietal character. Aromas reminiscent of plants that blend perfectly with fruity notes, with tones of citrus fruits and pit fruits standing out, as well as hints of lemon verbena and mint. Moderate acidity on the palate, fresh while at the same time maintaining its aromatic complexity. In short, an Albarinyo wine with character.
Jose Estevez, the dynamic founder of Vinya Almirante, did not start life as a vinyero though it was in his blood. The story of Pionero Mundi begins with Jose's grandfather, who owned a farm in Cuba which was stolen by Casto after the revolution. The grandfather and his son fled to Spain in the 1960s, leaving behind Jose's uncle who could not get out and soon disappeared. Jose grew up in Rias Baixas and though working as a labor lawyer, always loved the farm and was a very talented home winemaker for years. So talented that people kept telling him to make it his full-time vocation. In 2002, when a beautiful hillside vineyard, owned by 2 spinster sisters, came up for sale, he found a partner and bought it.