Geal Albariño is a refreshing, textural, seafood friendly Galician Albariño white wine from the Salnés Valley, Rías Baixas, Spain.
Aromas & Flavours
Geal Albariño is dry, refreshing, and lightly textured with green fruit notes, a hint of white peach and a lingering salinity making it an ideal wine for seafood.
Dry and refreshing Geal Albariño is the perfect white wine for shellfish and seafood, from gambas to mussels, Geals elegant, balancing acidity can cope with sauces, butters or cooking oils. Ideal for sharing platters, Geal also works well with olives and white cheese such as Manchego.
Our Albariño grapes grow in an Atlantic shoreline single vineyard in Rías Baixas, Galicia, Spain. The main climatic influence is the Atlantic’s cooling sea breezes, so delicate aromatics, refreshing acidity and a saline note define Geal. The vines are fifty years old and grown on granitic soil, Geal is made in artisanal quantities.
Both attracted by the potential of Lagar de Costa’s shoreline vineyard, winemaker Sonia Costa and I worked together to express this unique site and its Albariño grapes in an alternative way. After making a small batch fermentation with wild yeasts in stainless steel, the wine was moved to a single concrete egg for eight months to develop texture and depth.
Label Inspiration & Design
Geal translates from Irish & Scottish Gaelic into White, Bright, Clear, Light, & Vibrant. Following in the path of Rós Rosé, Charles Rennie & Margaret Mackintosh were our design inspiration. My son Edward, who studied at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin, designed the lily & our graphic designer friend Elizabeth Foley artfully pulled our creative threads together.
John Wilson – Irish Times November 2021
John Wilson’s verdict on new wine made by an Irish Master of Wine in Spain
Geal Albariño is the best yet from this coastal vineyard in Rías Baixas
For the past few years, Lynne Coyle, Director of Wine at O’Briens, has been producing Rós, a delicious succulent rosé made in conjunction with Bodegas Tandem in Navarra. For her latest wine, Geal, she has moved to Galicia to make an excellent Albariño in conjunction with Sonia Costa of Bodega Lagar de Costa, who supply wines to O’Briens. Geal means white as gaeilge.
The Lagar de Costa vineyards run right down to the shoreline, with only a narrow strip of sand between vine and sea. Perhaps this is why the wines, including this one, have a marked saline note? Don’t let that put you off; the wines are all very good, and this is the best yet.
Made using hand-picked grapes from a single 50-year-old vineyard beside the shoreline, the wine is fermented using wild yeasts and aged on the lees in a concrete egg.
Geal is a wonderful, succulent wine with real depth; mouth-watering ripe fruits, balanced perfectly by that mineral, saline acidity. It matched nicely with my clams, and I suspect it would be a great partner for most seafood.
Try it with seared scallops for a real treat.
Geal Albariño is available from O’Briens currently priced at €19.95, down from €24.95.