Teira X, Manuel Formigo, Ribeiro, Spain 2015

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Teira X, Manuel Formigo, Ribeiro, Spain 2015

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"I am left wondering what more one could ask for in a wine, after tasting this. Truly impressive and reaching the pinnacle of Ribeiro wine. Bold fruit expression, with excellent concentration and minerality. Superb definition and purity on the nose. Electric intensity with an attractive fresh edge. Great balance and length. Superb potential.” - 18.5 points, Jancis Robinson.com

Manuel Formigo

“Teira X is produced by a rising star named Manuel Formigo. He is a colleteiro and winemaker of great precision, trained at Domaine de Chevalier. He is working with fine lees and neutral yeast and achieves superlative wines of great purity.” - Ferran Centelles for Jancis Robinson.com

When we met owner and winemaker, Manuel Formigo, in March of this year, his arm was in a sling. Now, normally, if you meet the owner of a wine estate in March, and their arm is in a sling, you can be pretty sure that it was either a skiing accident or they fell off their polo pony. That wasn’t and was never going to be the case here. Manuel’s shoulder had popped out of its socket while lifting a barrel onto a rack. “It happens every year” he said resignedly. Manuel is what you would definitely call a ‘hands-on’ winemaker. 

He owns 4.5 hectares of indigenous vines (Alvilla, Caiño, Treixadura, Ferrol, Sousón, Loureira, Tintilla, Brancellao… to name but a few), grown at altitude in the Ribeiro region of Galicia, in north west Spain, and he plants, prunes, picks and vinifies everything by hand. He is one of the most humble winemakers I have had the pleasure to meet, seemingly devoid of ego, and the good news that correlates from that is that his wines are incredibly good value. He said that he has all he needs in life, he eats well, he sleeps well and he has a happy family, so he doesn’t want for more. It may seem counterintuitive, when a wine has been given the highest-ever rating for a Spanish white wine by Jancis Robinson, to give the winemaker first billing before the wine itself, but he deserves it. I hope that he will come to London one day so that you can meet him too at one of our tastings. 

Jancis Robinson: "I am left wondering what more one could ask for in a wine, after tasting this. Truly impressive and reaching the pinnacle of Ribeiro wine. Bold fruit expression, with excellent concentration and minerality. Superb definition and purity on the nose. Electric intensity with an attractive fresh edge. Great balance and length. Superb potential.” 18.5 points

And so to the wine, the wonderful ‘Teira X’ 2015, a thrilling, intense, unoaked blend of Treixadura, Loureira, Albariño and Alvilla, which crackles with energy and tension. In the glass it glimmers a pale silver gold with green tints - a clean, fresh look. All the varieties are vinified separately (an obsession of Manuel’s), so that he can understand the idiosyncrasies of the different ingredients before blending, allowing him to build the wine up in layers and it tastes as complex as it is to produce. The palate bristles with tangy fruit intensity, but always counterpoised by riper elements, so that it has a vibrant ‘ying-yang’ energy. There are alternating waves of lime sorbet, white pear, chalky minerals, nectarine and lemon sours, which keep things dynamic. 

Manuel is particularly proud of the Alvilla component, because his father saved that variety from extinction and they now own the only vines in the whole of Ribeiro (he will be releasing the world’s only pure Alvilla later this year, named after his father, Tino). He says it adds a peachy ripeness and an aromatic intensity to the wine. Manuel loves it so much that he is grafting it onto all his Palomino rootstocks (he hates Palomino!). There is no batonage (stirring of the lees), so the wine remains very pure, crystalline and precise, but with wonderfully ripe succulence. If you like minerally Chablis or Muscadet or Albariño (of course), then you are probably already predisposed to enjoy this, as it’s somewhere along the same path, but with a sea-breezy, lemony, Atlantic charm that screams Galicia! 13% alc. Drink now-2020. 

Press reviews

Jancis Robinson.com:
"I am left wondering what more one could ask for in a wine, after tasting this. Truly impressive and reaching the pinnacle of Ribeiro wine. Bold fruit expression, with excellent concentration and minerality. Superb definition and purity on the nose. Electric intensity with an attractive fresh edge. Great balance and length. Superb potential." 18.5 points

James Suckling: "A white with a nose reminiscent of dried pineapple, green apples and wet stones. Floral, too. Full body, dense and dried fruits and a long and flavourful finish. A beauty. A selection from their best vineyard made up of mainly Treixadura with Loureiro and Albariño. Among the best of Ribeiro. Drink now." 94 points

Customer comments:

"The Teira is amazing... Definitely the best white I've had this summer." - Ms. E.H.

"Had the Teira at the weekend………just delightful…….as HM Jancis R says……..what more could you want?" - Mr. G.C.

NB This wine is temporarily out of stock while we wait for more to arrive from Spain in 2 weeks. 

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