Localization: Rias Baixas, Spain
Tasting Notes: The Do Ferreiro Albarino is pale and bright yellow with green glints. Fresh and clean with ripe fruit aromas, with white flowers and salty hints. The palate is crisp, silky, and elegant with elegant minerality. The finish is persistent, nervy, and satisfying with a good backbone.
Notes: After a manual harvest, the grapes are destemmed and given a brief cold soak. Alcoholic fermentation is started with indigenous yeasts using the pied de cuve method in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. The wine is then aged on the lees for at least six months before bottling.
The grapes were 100% destemmed and the wine was fermented with indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.
The Domain: This winery, founded in 1973, is currently run by Gerardo Méndez. Gerardo owns 10 hectares, three of which are over 50 years old, and one of which is over 200 years old. The vineyards follow organic guidelines, avoiding the use of pesticides and non-organic fertilizers. In addition, Gerardo is devoted to the use of indigenous yeasts believing that through their usage the true qualities of his terruño can appear.
Gerardo farms over 175 plots of Albariño, all located in the sub-zone of Salnès. This valley’s proximity to the ocean and protection by mountain ranges has gained it the reputation for being the best area in Rías Baixas for viticulture and some of the best Albariño out there.
Highly regarded for crafting albariño, Do Ferreiro has become a reference point for the grape. They farm over 175 tiny plots of albariño by hand, all located in the Salnés subzone of Rías Baixas. This valley’s proximity to the ocean, ideal climate due to the natural protection by mountain ranges, and decomposed granitic soil have gained the reputation for being the best zone in Rías Baixas for growing profound albariño. The blend of these plots is what makes up Do Ferreiro Albariño. No other grape varieties or regions are blended into Do Ferreiro, as is common with many albariño wines. Fermentations are exclusively carried out by native yeasts.