5/15/2013

The Flower and the bee 2011

Producer: Coto de Gomariz
Wine Name: The Flower and The Bee
Type: White
Wine Region/ Appellation Ribeiro
Vintage: 2011
Grape varieties: 100% Treixadura
Alcohol: 13,5 %
Guide Price: 12 GBP

Our Rating: +++++^ (5+)




About the area

The  Ribeiro  designation  of  Origin  is  in Southern Galicia, on the North-West edge of the Ourense province , where the  valleys  formed by the Miño, Avia, Arnoia and  Barbantiño rivers meet. It has 2,685 hectares of vineyards.
The  vineyards  spread over  areas of  varying  altitudes, from 75 to 400 metres above sea level, in valleys and sometimes very  steep  hillsides  on  terraces locally known as “socalcos” or “bocarribeiras” that follow the hill’s contours.
The area’s distinctive climate is due to its sheltered position and its southern location in Galicia. The land is well protected from sub-Atlantic storms and enjoys an Oceanic-Mediterranean eco-climate, making it damp with mild temperatures that reach an annual average of 14.5ºC. Its mixed Oceanic and Mediterranean climate enables the grapes to ripen whilst preserving their aroma and acidity.
The first written records about high quality wines in the Ribeiro area, the oldest wine region in Spain, were made by the Romans. Between the 16th and the 17th centuries, Ribeiro wines were the most popular Spanish wines in Europe. They were so highly regarded that Royalty, writers, painters and all sorts of artists demanded to have Ribeiro wine at their dining tables. 
Unfortunately, the wars between the Spanishs and the British  empires, as well as their religious disagreements slowly weakened this prosperous trade, both with the British and the Dutch, who were Galicia’s most important trading partners. That led the British to side with the Portuguese, boosting their Porto (Port) wine industry from the 18th century onwards, being detrimental to the Ribeiro area.

About the wine

Nestled on the eastern edge of Galicia, the Ribeiro DO is split by three rivers. Coto de Gomariz is located in the part of Ribeiro where the slopes overlook the Avia river and their production is made of 27 hectares. Shisteous, granitic and sandy soils, steep slopes, tiny yields and a unique microclimate make this spot ideal for growing the local varieties which include Treixadura, Godello, Loureira and Albariño. Winemakers Ricardo Carreiro and Xosé Lois Sebio introduced biodynamic principles. 

Grapes undergo selection in the vineyard by the pickers and are hand harvested into 18 kg plastic-crates. They are then sorted on tables before being transported to the winery. Once there the grapes are de-stemmed, crushed and gently pressed. The free-run juice is statically settled and fermented at low temperature in stainless steel tanks.

Tasting

Light yellow with golden reflections.

Endearingly focused and intense nose, marrying citric notes of lime, roses, freshly cut grass, and mineral notes. Easy-drinking on the palate, resh and crunchy at point of entry. Salty and and oily. Elegant bitterness at the finish, with white fruit flavours.

A very enjoyable white that will match perfectly with mussels, fried peppers or just a plate of chips.