The vineyard is on a slope of approximately 60 degrees. The vines are in their 5th year.
Gneis mostly with some quartz and slate.
minimalist. Practicing organic. All work done by hand. Harvest done by hand.
whole clusters foot trodden in wooden barrels. Prefermentation cold maceration followed by spontaneous fermentation with wild yeast.
The wine is aged in used French oak barrique for 18 months.
The SOUSÓN variety is an indigenous grape from Galicia, with a very small cluster a long ripening cycle and low productivity. Intense red color with black aromatic fruits such as blackberry and cassis and moderate floral intensity.
There are two new reds that should appear with name places, including the 2014 Sousón Castagaia, which was produced with the local red grape Sousón from five-year-old plants. It was foot trodden and fermented with full clusters, indigenous grapes and an élevage of 18 months in 225-liter French barrique. According to Fernando Algueira, Sousón is the most tannic of the red Galician grapes, and the wine is quite dark colored, akin to a Garnacha Tintorera. There is high ripeness, despite the fact that the wine is only 12.5% alcohol, so it might need to be picked a little earlier. The palate is somehow earthy, with some dusty tannins. This needs to be domesticated. 1,200 bottles were filled in August 2016.
Adega Algueira’s bottling of Castagaia is produced from the Souson varietal, which I have never tasted bottled on its own from this winery. In the past, it has played a cameo appearance in blends that were primarily based on Mencía, but I was quite impressed with it on its own. Like the Amaral and Risco bottlings, the grapes here are trodden by foot and the wine is aged twelve months in older barriques prior to bottling. The 2014 Castagaia is absolutely beautiful on the nose, delivering a superb constellation of cassis, bitter chocolate, tree bark, a bit of roasted venison, dark soil tones and chicory. On the palate the wine is pure, full and tangy, with a fine core of fruit, excellent transparency, ripe, moderate tannins and excellent focus and grip on the long and complex finish.
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