‘Gran Albariño de Oro 2020’, ‘Best in Show’ at Decanter 2020, ‘Great Diamond Medal at the 2020 International Wine and Woman Contest’… the recognition achieved by La Fillaboa 1898 continues relentlessly. And now it is the Spanish Association of Wine Journalists and Writers (AEPEV) who awards its prize, in its XII edition, of ” Best Wine of Spain”, in the category of white wines without barrel, to this wine from the 2010 vintage. from Bodegas Fillaboa, belonging to Masaveu Bodegas.
According to the organization, ” this award not only assesses the quality of the wine, but is also directly related to its newsworthiness by the media and its journalists, who determine the convenience of its publication or dissemination .”
For José Masaveu, general manager of Bodegas Masaveu, “ this award is a great honor as it is awarded by professionals accustomed to tasting a huge number of magnificent wines ”. And he adds that “This Albariño arose as a result of Fillaboa’s commitment to research and is a perfect demonstration of the ability of this native Galician grape variety to maintain youth, freshness and improve complexity over time without the need for barrels. It is a surprising example of the longevity of the Albariño, resulting in a wine with organoleptic qualities that surprise the most demanding palates.”.
New and excellent vintage
Coinciding with the communication of this new award, Bodegas Fillaboa announces that the next vintage of La Fillaboa 1898 will be 2016 , a vintage classified as excellent by the Regulatory Council of the Rías Baixas Denomination of Origin. This wine will be released on the market in 2022 after aging on its lees in stainless steel tanks for a minimum of six years.
La Fillaboa 1898 2010 comes from the best grapes from eight plots and has been aged for between six and nine years on fine lees, which gives this Albariño volume and roundness on the palate, 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 recalls the 19th century when a wine called “Vino del Condado de Fillaboa” was already sent by ship from this Estate, located in Condado de Tea, Rías Baixas, near Portugal. In honor of those historic trips, the Fillaboa Winery launched in 2017 the first sack of this wine from the year 2010 to subsequently carry out four sacks of this wine (the last in 2020), of which it has been bottling some 3,500 bottles a year. .
La Fillaboa 1898 2010 is one of the most recognized and best rated white wines of recent years . So far this year, it has obtained 96 points for the Peñín Guide 2021 and for the Gourmets Guide 2021 and 93 points for James Suckling.
The year 2020 marked, without a doubt, a milestone in terms of its national and international recognition: 91 points for Parker, 93 for Verema, 95 for Guía Gourmets and 97 for Guía Peñín, as well as the Great Diamond Medal award in the International Wine Contest and Woman 2020 or Gran Albariño de Oro at the Albariño al Mundo awards organized by the Spanish Union of Tasters.
They are joined by other recognitions in 2019 such as the Gran Oro award in the Galician Wine, Spirits and Winery Guide 2019 and, above all, the ‘Best in Show’ of the prestigious American Decanter 2019 awards.
Fillaboa is a historic estate that has remained indivisible throughout the centuries, being one of the largest, most beautiful and oldest in Galicia and the only one that, due to its special characteristics, belongs to Grandes Pagos de España. Behind the 1,600 meters of the thick stone wall that protects the property, the vineyards, the winery and a spectacular reconstructed manor house are also hidden.
54 hectares of Albariño grape vineyards planted on undulating slopes make up the Fillaboa estate, which is located in Salvaterra do Miño, on the natural border with Portugal, next to the Tea and Miño rivers, and which comprises a total of 74 hectares spread over 12 different payments. The rich soils and the Atlantic climate, with mild temperatures due to its proximity to the sea, make Fillaboa a privileged place for growing the native grape, the Albariño variety.