Peixes da Rocha 2016 — Field Blend
A Wine That
is kinda like a world heritage site, but the wine version. Its makers are dedicated to saving old vineyards, and as such have collected several plots and protected them from falling by the wayside. With black fruit notes and a dense structure, this is the perfect red for winter dishes. Plus, you can find comfort in knowing that your drinking has helped to save a vineyard. What's not to love?!
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- Winemaker: Peixe da Estrada
Where and How?
This is a mountain wine from some of the highest plots in Viana do Bolo in northern Spain. A field blend of the varieties Mencía, Mouraton, Grao Negro, Garnacha Tintorera, Bastardo, Godello, Dona Blanca and Palomino, the goal here is to safeguard and protect old vineyards.
The wine was macerated gently with whole bunches for two months, after which it was aged for 12 months in neutral French foudres. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Peixes—pronounced ‘pay-shes’; a soft Galician ‘sh’—was conceived almost entirely by chance. A semi-accidental second project by dynamic duo Jesús Olivares and Curro Bareño (two-thirds of the Fedellos do Couto trio, known for their work in the Ribeira Sacra) came about after the free-spirited Jesús discovered a number of old and soon-to-be abandoned vineyards in the neighbouring Viana do Bolo. Higher in elevation and with an ever-changing microclimate, the vertigo-inducing vines of the area sit between 600-850 metres above sea level. At this altitude, the grapes don’t ripen easily. It’s a challenging terrain, no doubt. But what’s life without a challenge?