Cortezada, Fedellos do Couto, Ribeira Sacra, Spain 2015

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Cortezada, Fedellos do Couto, Ribeira Sacra, Spain 2015

19.95

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

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