Cortezada, Fedellos do Couto, Ribeira Sacra, Spain 2015


Cortezada, Fedellos do Couto, Ribeira Sacra, Spain 2015


"This has to be one of the best values in Spain." - The Wine Advocate, 93+ points

This has to be one of the best values in Spain. This is a 'must have' for anyone interested not only in wines from the road less travelled, but made by people who are prepared  to challenge intellectual boundaries as well as geographical frontiers. The four-strong team at Fedellos do Couto are finding forgotten parcels of vines in some of the most remote parts of Spain and, in the process, are taking Spanish wines in a new direction, where it's less about the winemaking tricks in the cellar and more about the grapes and the soil. Less gold, more lily, as it were. The beautifully-packaged 'Cortezada' is a pure Mencia sourced from some of the most extraordinary vineyards you are ever likely to see.  If you haven't seen the steep, terraced vines of the Ribeira Sacra before then Google it immediately (Search Google Images under 'vineyards ribeira sacra'). Along with its sibling, the Lomba dos Ares (also available) it's a wine that can't fail to inspire you and our scribbled tasting note says: "Vineyard not vinification. So fine! A little peppery, perfumed, dark cherries, plums, undergrowth, tobacco leaf, lifted, velvety, juicy fruit, sunny warm flavours with perky acidity.  14% alc. Drink now-2021."

Press reviews:

Jancis Robinson: "Gorgeous smoky and peppery dark red fruit with a rocky quality. Firm, compact but very fine-grained tannin texture. Intense and moreish and satisfying and long. Should be VGV (Very Good Value)" 16.5 points

Jancis (Tamlyn Currin): "Inky and black-fruited. Charred wild thyme on the nose, green peppercorns, but sweet and dark on the palate, sinuously wrapped in lithe, fine-woven tannins. Hints of fresh-ground coffee, clove and star anise sifting through mouth-wateringly fresh, glowing fruit. Drink 2017-2023." 16.5 points

Decanter: "100% Mencia from a schistous single vineyard above the River Sil. Fresh and juicy with plenty of impact, despite its lightness of body. The compellingly floral and peppery nose is irresistible. Drink 2017-2018. 14% alc." 92 points (Cover Star! '25 Reds - Ideal for a Little Chilling')

The Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Cortezada is pure Mencía from a plot that names the wine and surrounds the Pazo do Couto property where they are located (in the subzone of Ribas do Sil), from vines planted in 2002 on terraces with gneiss soils at 350 metres altitude and a southeast exposure. The hand-harvested clusters were fermented with indigenous yeasts in plastic bins at 20 degrees Celsius with manual punching downs for some 40 days. Malolactic was in used barrels, 300- and 500-litre ones, where the wine matured without racking for ten months. It has a superb combination of flowers, wild berries and mineral sensations that make it subtle and very showy, with a magnetic attraction that makes you go back to the glass over and over again. The palate is sharp with a clear mineral-influenced texture, long and tasty. This has to be one of the best values in Spain. 4,000 bottles were filled in December 2016." 93+ points

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