Appellation: Salnes; Rías Baixas.
Cuvée: Dandelión.
Colour: White.
Grapes: Albariño.
About: this Cuvée is from the first grapes to be harvested, from fruit grown by partners under supervision of Alberto, from inland vineyards and shows a fatter, rounder, less saline character than the other entry level wine Tempus Vivendi. First made in 2011.

Location: from six to fifteen plots 15 to 20km inland and south of the winery near Meaño and Ribadumia, depending the year.
Size ha: 1.
Age: planted some plots in 1990, some in 1975, some 1945.
Soils: granitic, sandy.
Exposition: one plot faces north-west, the others west.
Altitude: 50m.
Training: pergola.
Farming: organic and sustainable mixed.
Average yield hl/ha: 20.
Climate: Atlantic, cold in winter, hot in summer, likelihood of fog and humid conditions all year.

Winemaking

The harvest is selected in the vineyard, moved to the winery in 15kg crates, and whole bunch pressed in a pneumatic press at very low pressure. The juice is moved direct to tank without any settling or clarification in order to keep all the body of the juice. Fermented with natural yeasts, without use any additives except light dose sulphites, which prevents the malo-lactic fermentation from taking place; Alberto wants the malic acid in the wine. The wine isn’t moved until the Spring when it’s bottled following with a cold tartaric stabilisation for the domestic market but not for export according to demand.

Vintage Notes 2018
A dry winter was followed by a cold, late, wet Spring. There was a normal flowering. Summer started cool, became hot, hastening the harvest. The wines turned out great.
Yield hl/ha: 20
Harvested: Sept 10 to Oct 6
Bottles produced: 21,500
Date bottled: 2019-04.
Alcohol %: 13.10
SO2 Total: 82
Tasting: apple pie and peach fruit, almost buttery, yet still mineral, stoney, gentle and with uplifting acid on the finish.

Vintage Notes 2019
Very challenging year. A warm and dry winter didn’t allow nature to rest. Flowering was early and spoiled by rain. There was mildew. Summer was cool, then hot and steamy, with an early harvest. Nonetheless, the wines appear to be excellent, rich and vibrant.
Yield hl/ha: 20
Harvested: Sept 2 to 28
Bottles produced: 21,500
Date bottled: 2020-05.
Alcohol %: 12.90
SO2 Total: 85
Tasting: from tank 2020-03-2, terrific, lemon, green apple, mineral, salty on finish, clear, great energy, quite light, gentle, refreshing.