As Xaras 2019
A Wine That
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.
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- Winemaker: Fedellos do Couto
Where and How?
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.
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.
The Winemaker: Fedellos do Couto
The Fedellos do Couto group of winemakers have been regenerating old vine parcels across the Ribeira Sacra, creating beautiful wines from the likes of Bastarda (Trousseau) and Mencía. With a natural winemaking approach - unfined, unfiltered, with just a touch of sulphur - these are some of Spain's most exciting wines.
"It has always been more important to gain perspective and knowledge from the expression of the vineyards, and from there understand what they need; to be able to read the vines is to be able to defend them."