NEW! Dominio do Bibei Lapola, Ribeira Sacra, Spain 2015

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NEW! Dominio do Bibei Lapola, Ribeira Sacra, Spain 2015

21.95

A mesmerising white wine from a mesmerising region, Ribeira Sacra, where, as one local winemaker told us “the vines drink stone”. It’s a blend of Godello (80%), Albariño (15%) and Doña Blanca (5%), but the grapes play second fiddle to the soil, which somehow finds its way into the wine with impressions of wet slate, pumice and flint. Add to that a suggestion of yellow citrus fruits, a sprinkle of fennel leaves and dill and you have a very finely textured white wine with great purity, poise and length. 13.5% alc. Drink now-2020.


Press reviews:

The Wine Advocate: “The 2015 Lapola is a white blend of Godello with 15% Albariño and some 5% Dona Blanca from various younger and older vineyards on clay and sand soils rich in schist. It fermented in a combination of 600-litre barrels, 1,200- and 2,400-litre oak vats and egg-shaped cement vats with indigenous yeasts. The wines were kept in their fermentation vessels and then blended and put back in the eggs for natural stabilisation. It has a young nose with some creamy notes intermixed with flowers, white fruit and a touch of fennel. The palate felt very harmonious, clean and focused, with primary flavours.” 91+ points

Jancis Robinson: “Rounded, full citrus flavours, deep fruited and with a dry, light grain adding length and complexity to that ripe pear flavour. Mineral aftertaste and exceptionally long. (JH).“ 16.5 points

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