Appellation: Salnes; Rías Baixas.
About: this Cuvée is Alberto first single vineyard wine, matured in old French oak on its lees for one year, first made in 1997. It’s a complex, saline, totally alternative and gorgeous expression of Albariño from the Rías Baixas.
Location: from one plot called Mazaniña, not Soverribas, near the house and cellar in Castrelo, near the sea.
Size ha: < 1.
Age: planted in 1980.
Soils: granitic with some clay.
Average yield hl/ha: .
Climate: Atlantic, cold in winter, hot in summer, likelihood of fog and humid conditions all year.
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 old 2200 L French oak foudre from 2004. 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. There’s some lees-stirring but otherwise, the wine isn’t moved until the end of 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 2017
Warm winter, early Spring, hot, dry summer but not too much hydric stress. Intense, rich wines.
Yield hl/ha: 20
Harvested: August 30
Bottles produced: 3,100
Date bottled: 2018-07
Alcohol %: 13.00
SO2 Total: 63
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: 2,700
Date bottled: 2019-08
Alcohol %: 12.70
SO2 Total: 101
Tasting: tasted from tronconic oak 2018-12, complex and long, leather, tobacco, dark fruit, vegetal, soft, fine, great salty acidity. Vibrant and rich. A treat.