Appellation: Viño Branco.
Cuvée: Paraje Mina.
Colour: White.
Grapes: Albariño.
About: a more recent first made in 2012 from the vineyard of the same name, 1,200 to 2,400 bottles made, depending on the year’s yield, part in stainless steel part in old oak. It’s declassified from D.O. Rías Baixas because it’s so different.

Vines

Location: from one plot called Paraje Mina, near the house and cellar in Castrelo, near the sea.
Size ha: < 1.
Age: planted around 1980.
Soils: granitic, sandy.
Exposition: west.
Altitude: m.
Training: pergola.
Farming: organic.
Average yield hl/ha: .
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 left to settle naturally for 36 hours, then moved to one small stainless steel tank and one old 500L French oak barrel. Fermented with natural yeasts, without use of any additives except a light dose of 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 Summer when it’s bottled following with a cold tartaric stabilisation for the domestic market but not for export according to demand.

Vintage Notes 2018
Yield hl/ha: .
Harvested: .
Bottles produced: 1,200.
Date bottled: 2019-06.
Alcohol %: 13.
SO2 Total: .
Tasting: depth, complexity and length sustained as always with beautiful acidity, with dark, spicy dried fruits, apple, and herbs, a very vertical wine, different, superb.