Named for the Galician bruxas (witches) who lived among the enchanted woods and vineyards of Spanish country houses (pazos) and conjured up spirits through magic and dance. And so, they say, as the sap rose through the vines, endowing those witches with strength and vigor, so did the sap through these Albariño vines, creating a Torres Pazo das Bruxas wine with more than a little touch of something special
Torres Pazo das Bruxas Albariño is a Galician wine venture by the Torres Family, the world-famous Spanish wine producers. This is one of the many wines from the family Torres – but don’t let the size of the company put you off. The head of the family, Miguel Torres, still takes a huge interest in each and every wine, especially those from his home country Spain.
The Torres family has been making wine in the ancient Catalán town of Vilafranca del Penedès, south-west of Barcelona, since the 17th Century. It is this tradition combined with innovation, dynamism and commitment to quality that has put Torres firmly on the world map. In 2006 Torres were awarded European Winery of the Year in Wine Enthusiast’s Annual Wine Star Awards. Torres Gran Coronas arose from the innovative drive of Miguel A. Torres, who planted the French variety of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Penedès region at the end of the 1960s and early 1970s, when normal practice was to plant local white varieties. Thanks to this, Gran Coronas has become a benchmark for reserva red wines from Penedes. It is only recently that they have expanded into other areas of Spain with wines such as this Albarino from Galicia and other project im Priorat, Rueda and Rioja.
There are five sub-regions that make up the Rias Baixas DO – O Rosal, Condado de Tea, Soutomaior, Val do Salnes and Ribeira do Ulloa. The grapes for Torres Pazo das Bruxas Albarino are sourced mainly from the O Rosal region with some from Salnes. Rosal has a long history of grape growing but the Salnes sub-zone is a relative newcomer. The region is known for its Atlantic-influenced climate with mild winters with high precipitation but it is also sheltered by the Azores with mild summers and little rain. The soils in Rosal are alluvial and in Salnes alluvial / rocky which i.e. they are well, draining sandy soils. Salnes is a little cooler than O Rosal and thus the grapes here are slower ripening and tend to have higher acidity and frehsness that they bring to the wine.
The soil is sandy with great water drainage and granite rocks in the structure which prevent water retention. The Salnés area is colder than O’Rosal, which leads to slightly slower ripening and wines that are more acidic.
The wine itself is pale yellow and fragrant on the nose, offering perfumed and citrus notes coupled with fruit aromas (white peach) over a touch of minerality characteristic of the terroir. Sweet upon entry, followed by a fresh, clean evolution across the palate and a long, elegant finish. An excellent aperitif. Good with raw, cooked or grilled seafood. Pairs perfectly with mild, white fish. Its lively palate strikes a perfect balance with soft goat cheeses.
Grape: 100% Albariño
Suitable for Vegans