About This Wine
"Sobre lías" means aged on its lees. This comes from a range of estate owned parcels, 30 year old vines on average, grown on the grey slate soils of the hillsides of Vilamartín de Valdeorras (around Corgomo and Portela close to the Bodega). 2016 was a cool Atlantic vintage and this wine had six hours of skin contact, natural yeast fermentation and six months ageing on lees. The result is a vividly pure, citrus and stone fruit noted bottling offering a pulpy, seductive texture perfectly balanced by the wines racy, mineral freshness. Lovely finesse and length. If it was a white Burgundy it would be a high grown, villages Chassagne, (and it would be at least three times the price!)
Wines of Spain
With 2.9 million acres of land planted in wine grapes, Spain is the most widely planted wine producing nation and second largest producer in the world. Many styles of wine are produced in the country most of which are based on native grape varietals.
The two most famous regions are Rioja and Ribera del Duero for their Tempranillo production. Rioja Tempranillo (the classic) will be lighter and fresher with red fruit flavours as compared to those from Ribera del Duero that are often deep purple, higher in alcohol with more tannins and intense black fruit character. Rioja is also known for producing Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from the indigenous Viura varietal.
In the Catalonia region, Spain is recognized for making a sparkling wine in the traditional method but using native grape varieties. This is called Cava. Priorat, a subregion within Catalonia specializes in making still red blends of Garnacha, Carignan and often Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon in a bold and full-bodied style. Together with Rioja, wines from Priorat have achieved DOCa/DOQ status signifying their quality.
Sherry is Spain’s famous fortified wine which can either be completely dry, lusciously sweet or somewhere in between. This is made in the southern region of Jerez.
Other notable Spanish wine styles include: Monastrell (AKA. Mataro/Mourvèdre), produced in the Jumilla region and refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo from north western Galacia.