LOMBA DOS ARES, FEDELLOS DO COUTO
ORIGIN: Spain, Galicia
APPELATION: Ribeira Sacra
VARIETY/BLEND: Mencía, Mouratón, Garnacha Tintorera, Caiño, Bastardo
SOILS: Granite and slate soils
CLIMA: Continental, Atlantic influence
ALTITUDE: 550 - 750m a.s.l.
FERMENTATION: Stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and whole bunches, at low temperatures steel with indigenous yeasts
AGEING: Aged in large old oak demi-muids
This wine is sourced from an old vineyard on the slopes of the Bibei river, at 750 metres above sea level and planted with a variety of Galician grapes. A wine that captures the essence of Ribeira Sacra: a lifted, perfumed nose and plenty of freshness and finesse on the palate.
Fedellos loosely translates as "Brats", and Couto refers to the 12th century manor in Ribeira Sacra at the heart of the vineyards. It's a young project, started in 2013 by winemakers Curro Barreño and Jesús Olivares and Luis Taboada (whose family has owned the Couto manor for generations). They lease a small selection of vineyards which are farmed organically and worked by hand - you couldn't do otherwise on these steep terraces! The vines are planted on terraces along the steep slopes of the rivers Sil and Bibei, with a myriad of grape varieties, altitudes, and expositions. The wines are fermented with indigenous yeasts and whole bunches, at low temperatures to favour a gentle extraction of colour and phenolics. All the wines share an Atlantic freshness and a slatey minerality that make these wines unmistakably Galician.