‘Grand Gold Albariño 2020’, ‘Best in Show’ at Decanter 2020, ‘Grand Diamond Medal at the International Wine and Women’s Competition 2020’… the recognition achieved by La Fillaboa 1898 continues relentlessly. And now the Spanish Association of Wine Journalists and Writers (AEPEV) has awarded it the prize, during its 12th edition, of “Best Spanish Wine”, in the category of non-barrel aged white wines, to this 2010 vintage from Fillaboa Winery, part of Masaveu Family Wineries.
According to the organisation, “this prize not only values the quality of the wine, but is also directly related to its news coverage by the media and its journalists, who determine the advisability of its publication and dissemination“.
For José Masaveu, Masaveu Family Wineries’ general manager, “this award is a great honour as it is granted by professionals who are used to tasting an enormous quantity of magnificent wines“. And he adds that “this Albariño came about as a result of Fillaboa’s commitment to research and is a perfect demonstration of the capacity of this native Galician grape variety to maintain youth, freshness and improve in complexity over time without the use of barrels. It is an intriguing example of the Albariño’s longevity, resulting in a wine with organoleptic qualities that surprise even the most demanding palates“.
New and excellent vintage
Coinciding with the announcement of this new award, Fillaboa Winery announces that the next vintage of La Fillaboa 1898 will be that of 2016, a vintage classified as excellent by the Rías Baixas Denomination of Origin’s Regulating Council. This wine will be released in 2022, after ageing on its lees in stainless steel tanks for a minimum of six years.
La Fillaboa 1898 2010 is produced using the finest grapes from eight plots and is aged for between six and nine years on fine lees, which gives this Albariño a volume and roundness in the mouth which is difficult to find in this type of wine. In addition, it maintains the freshness of young Albariños and enhances the complexity and elegance of great white wines.
This wine traces its heritage back to the 19th century, when a wine called “Vino del Condado de Fillaboa” was sent by boat to Cuba from an estate located in Condado de Tea, in Rias Baixas, near Portugal. In honour of those historic journeys, in 2017 Fillaboa Winery launched the first release of this 2010 wine and later made four releases of this wine (the latest in 2020), of which it has been bottling some 3,500 bottles a year.
La Fillaboa 1898 2010 is one of the most recognised and best rated white wines of recent years. So far this year, it has scored 96 points from the Peñín Guide 2021 and the Gourmets Guide 2021 and 93 points from James Suckling.
The year 2020 undoubtedly marked a milestone in terms of its national and international recognition: 91 points from Parker, 93 from Verema, 95 from the Gourmets Guide and 97 from the Peñín Guide, as well as the Grand Diamond Medal at the International Wine and Women’s Competition 2020 and the Grand Gold Albariño at the Albariños al Mundo awards organised by the Spanish Union of Wine Tasters.
These are joined by other recognitions from 2019, such as the Grand Gold award from the Wines, Distillates and Wineries of Galicia Guide 2019 and, above all, ‘Best in Show’ at the prestigious American Decanter 2019 awards.
Fillaboa is a historical estate that has remained indivisible over the centuries. This makes it one of the largest, most beautiful and oldest estates in Galicia and the only estate that, due to its special characteristics, is part of the Association of Grandes Pagos de España. The vineyards, the winery and a spectacular reconstructed traditional Galician house are concealed behind the 1,600 metres of thick stone wall that protect the property.
54 hectares of Albariño grape vineyards planted on undulating slopes form the Fillaboa estate, which comprises a total of 74 hectares spread over 12 vineyard terrains in Salvaterra do Miño, on the natural border with Portugal, next to the Tea and Miño rivers. The rich soils and the Atlantic climate, with mild temperatures due to the proximity of the sea, make Fillaboa an exceptional place for the cultivation of the native Albariño grape variety.