Coto da Gomariz X, Ribeiro, Spain 2015

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Coto de Gomariz X, Ribeiro, Galicia 2015.jpg

Coto da Gomariz X, Ribeiro, Spain 2015

16.95

In the 17th Century, the Ribeiro region of Galicia was one of Spain's most productive wine regions with over 72,000 acres under vine. Today that number has dwindled to just 7,000 acres and most of those are just patches of small-holdings. It was simply a victim of the winds of change, as the world began focusing its attention on other regions. The upside is that the region is littered with wonderful, untapped old-vine material and growers are beginning to realise its potential.

We visited Gomariz, in the northern part of Ribeiro, and were treated to a vertical tasting of 15 back-vintages of their Albariño. It was one of the most stupefyingly boring tastings we have ever attended and we may well have broken the world record for the longest awkward silence. Albariño doesn't have enough complexity to merit that sort of forensic inspection, but what it does have is great, up-front fruit, bags of juice and a blade of acidity that makes it both appetite-whetting and incredibly moreish. The addition here of a little Treixadura, a grape with naturally low acidity, adds a softer, more sensual touch to the crisp Albariño.

Jancis Robinson.com: "Mainly Albariño with 5% Treixadura. From an old established vine-growing family. The wine comes from a single terraced vineyard planted on schist soils. Limited production of 5,000 bottles. Hand harvested and fermented in stainless steel, with a subsequent maturation until the following April. A very pure, fragrant and intense nose showing fresh peach and apricot. It has an elegant camomile touch. Generous fruit concentration and a brilliant backbone of acidity. Lively and mineral in its expression with a lingering sensation of refreshment on the palate. Superb Albariño, very well made and presented. It is truly a bargain. Very Good Value. 13.5% Drink 2016-2020." 17.5 points

 

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