Grape(s): Godello, Albarino, Treixadura
Localization: Galicia, Spain
Tasting Notes: Pale straw in color, this Godello has all the lemon verbena you’ve come to savor from this elusive Galician grape. There is a subtlety of peach skin and chamomile and notes of quince. The slick leesy texture keeps the acid in check and adds body definition. Though influenced by both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, the Rias Baixas winemaking natives are able to utilize the native valley soils to transmit that saline minerality the wine leaves you lingering over.
Notes: Hand-picked fruit. Destemmed. Nothing is added to the juice at this time. Native fermentation in stainless steel tanks and then the wine rests in place for 6 months under lees. Nothing but SO2 is added to the wine.
Food pairing: Aperitif, Fish rice, Grilled vegetables
The Domain: Although this new wine from Eulogio Pomares, one of the most famous winegrowers of the Ribeira Sacra (Galicia) is called O Estranxeiro Blanco (“the foreigner” in Galician), the truth is that this wine is made through deep knowledge of the local area. Made with the native Godello, Albariño and Treixadura varieties, this wine showcases one of the Iberian Peninsula’s best wine regions.
Its creator, Eulogio Pomares has worked with small winegrowers in Galicia since 2012 to highlight this spectacular landscape with an amalgam of daring, unique, personality-filled wines made under the Fento Wines brand. O Estranxeiro Blanco is made from vines aged 20 years old and planted on the granite soils of the Ribeiras do Miño and the slate soils of the Quiroga sub-region. The vines are cultivated using environmentally friendly agriculture and the harvest is carried out manually in small boxes.
When the O Estranxeiro Blanco grapes reach the winery, they are gently pressed and the resulting must ferments in stainless steel tanks with native yeasts and at a controlled temperature at all times. The wine then spends 6 months on lees in these same tanks.
O Estranxeiro Blanco is presented as a young, airy wine with a dominant profile. A white that interprets the tranquility and peace that a foreigner must feel when they arrive in such an extraordinary place.