Cuvée: Colleita Branco
Grapes: Roughly Treixadura 85%, Albariño 10% and Loureira 5%
About: Both Colleita red and white achieve the same brilliant balance of refreshing lightness with complexity and intensity of fruit. And both are from native varieties that Diego and his brothers have planted on this magical hillside. Colleita simply means vintage and each version is numbered since the first commercial release Nº 6 in 2018. 2021 will be Nº 9.
Location: the Eira de Mouros high above the Avia river and town of Ribadavia
Size: 7 ha
Age: planted in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2013
Soils: a complex mosaic of mainly granite with slate and schist and quartz, a different colour and texture everywhere you look
Training: on wire
Farming philosophy: certified organic with a light touch, no ploughing, just scratching the surface and allowing cover crops to grow
Average yield hl/ha:
Average: cool and often wet, with Atlantic influence
Fermented in part inox and part chestnut with part whole bunches and part de-stemmed and pressed direct to tank. Temperature lightly controlled to avoid exceeding 23ºC. Usually around 10 to 15 days. Malo is allowed to happen (and it keeps great, great acidity). With wild yeasts and no addition of sulfites. Very lightly filtered at bottling.
Vintage Notes 2021
A very cool and wet year when the sun hardly shone and the grapes really struggled to ripen and also to deal with mildew. Yet the results are great, very fresh, very pure wines with good fruit intensity.
Made 100% in chestnut which seems to give energy and promote fruit purity.
Date harvested: late August to early September
Yield hl/ha: 20
Date bottled: 2022-08
Bottles produced: 5000
Alcohol %: 10,8
SO2 Total: 46
Tasting: 2022-11-18 lovely lemon and peach aromas with hints of honeysuckle and white pepper, super fresh, light-bodied, airy, silky on the palate, a wine you want to drink a lot of. 2022-11-25 after one week open, mint cool, with notes of kiwi and pear, some astringence, still a pleasure.