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#1 As Xaras 2019

By Fedellos do Couto | Ribeira Sacra, Spain

What's it Like?

This epitomises everything we love about the Ribeira Sacra region and its iconic grape variety, Mencía. It's a soothing, gentle wine; think fragrant rose petals, fresh raspberry juice with that curious hint of stoniness — minerality — which we love to find in wine. Serve ever so slightly chilled and get ready to relax.

Where's it From?

This comes from two young Mencía vineyards, which sit on either side of the Xares River of the Ribeira Sacra, hence its name. The vineyards are located at 550-650 metres above sea level, hence the freshness you find in the wine. Soils are composed of granite with some schist and quartz.

How's it Made?

This is very simple winemaking, to allow the fruit to express itself as purely as possible. The whole bunches were macerated for two months, with little extraction, during which the wine fermented naturally. It then aged in old 500L oak barrels for 12 months, before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Fedellos do Couto
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#2 '120 NN' 2018

By Weingut Odinstal | Pfalz, Germany

What's it Like?

This has everything we love about Riesling rolled into one delicious, easy-drinking bottle. Ever-so thirst-quenching, this is the perfect wine for when those temperatures start to rise. Think lemon and lime zestiness, with a certain salinity and smokiness that we can't get enough of.

Where's it From?

From the biodynamic Odinstal winery of the Pfalz, Germany, this comes from Riesling vineyards further down the hill, close to the other vineyards of the area, but still the highest vineyards of the town; at an elevation of 120m. Soils are immensely varied; sandstone, basalt, limestone and clay.

How's it Made?

The grapes undergo a fairly short period of maceration (eight hours) to give the wine some texture. The wine then ferments naturally, before ageing in stainless steel for nine months. Unfined and gently filtered before bottling, with a very small addition of sulfites.

Weingut Odinstal

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