Appellation: none
Cuvée: Octopus
Colour: White
Grapes: Albariño
About: The name of the Cuvée was chosen for the tentacles to represent the multitude of arms and hands that reach up to pick the fruit and the colour to represent the orange colour of the wine.

Vines

Location: from near the cellar
Size: < 1 ha
Age: planted in 1970’s
Soils: granite
Exposition: north facing
Altitude: between 20-40m
Training: all the vines are planted on pergola trellising lifting it off the floor to avoid damp and to increase ventilation.
Farming philosophy: basically organic, with natural treatments, as little as possible conventional organic (sulfur, copper).
Average yield hl/ha: 45
Climate: humid, Atlantic, but benefitting from sea breezes, cool but increasingly warm in winter and hot in summer.

Winemaking

The harvest is carried out into small buckets of 10 to 15 litres and then transported within 30 minutes to an hour to the cellar, there’s no analysis of the grapes just tasting and looking at the juice. The fruit is de-stemmed by hand, then put into amphora to ferment, during the first two weeks it’s punched down by hand and then left to macerate for 9 months until bottling. There is nothing added or taken, no sulfites at any stage. The malo happens naturally. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered, usually in a small window of opportunity in the summer when the wine has fallen clear.

Vintage Notes 2021
Another difficult up and down year. A wet warm winter, which didn’t allow the sap to rest sufficiently, was followed by a wet spring with up and down temperatures that favoured mildew. There followed a hot and dry June, a moderate July, then a hot and dry August that ended with significant rains at the end and into September.
Date bottled: 2022-06
Bottles produced: 1200
Alcohol %: 12,5
SO2 Total: < 20
Tasting: 2022-07-28 evocative nose of dusty orange, honey, floral notes, rich, energy, textured, intense citrus, lemon, lime, orange, peach notes. Medium body.