Bastarda, Fedellos do Couto, Ribeira Sacra, Spain 2015

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Bastarda, Fedellos do Couto, Ribeira Sacra, Spain 2015

29.95

"Fedellos do Couto is one of the most exciting new names in Ribeira Sacra." - The Wine Advocate

Weighing in at a bantamweight 12% alcohol, this is a light-framed wine that your grandma would probably say needs a good meal. Light in colour and body, it's made from the brilliantly named Bastarda grape (aka Trousseau in France) and gleams like a pale ruby in your glass. It's delicately flavoured, showing juicy red berries and sour red cherries cut with redcurrant and cranberry and the influence of the time that it spent in oak is conspicuous by its absence. Despite the filigree tannins, it's a wine that will age counter-intuitively well, just as Trousseau does in the Jura. If you like northern hemisphere Pinot Noir, taken right to the edge of ripeness, stopping just shy of underripeness, then this is a wine you will really appreciate. 12% alc. Drink now-2024.

The Wine Advocate: "The subtle and insinuating 2015 Bastarda, produced with the same grape that in the Jura is called Trousseau (also known as Merenazao in Galicia) is sold without the Ribeira Sacra appellation even if the grapes are grown within its geographical limits, in the subzones of Ribas do Sil (younger vines) and Bibei (old vines). The full clusters fermented in plastic bins with indigenous yeasts, manual punching down of the cap and 25 days of maceration. Malolactic was in barrel where the wine matured without racking for eight months. The warmer year resulted in a more varietal wine, without the funky character of the 2014, a wine that I underestimated last year and has bloomed in the bottle. The palate is very harmonious and super tasty, with a very long finish, without the sharpness of the 2014. The colour is very light, and the nose is insinuating rather than in your face. This is delicious. 3,000 bottles produced." 93+ points

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