The vineyard is on a slope of approximately 60 degrees. The vines are in their 5th year.
Slate, Schist, Quartz and Gneis
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.
Caiño is native to Galicia and has a very low productivity and is late maturing. The clusters are medium sized and not very compact grapes that requires warm temperatures to complete its cycle. The wines Are intense and fruit driven.
The other new red is the 2014 Caíño Amaral from young vines first vinified in this vintage. The modus operandi is similar: native fermentation with full clusters and aging in French barrique for 18 months. I simply loved the aromatics of this wine, its elegant rusticity, the spicy and floral aromas—very expressive and harmonious. It makes you salivate with the effervescent minerality. It's light on its feet and intense at the same time. This feels very different from the Caíño from Rías Baixas, reflecting different soils and climate. Superb! 1,200 bottles.
The Amaral bottling from Algueira is composed entirely of Caiño, grown in steep terraced vineyards planted on schist. It is aged twelve months in older barrels and the 2014 version is outstanding on both the nose and palate. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a very complex mélange of dark berries, pomegranate, woodsmoke, a bit of sarsaparilla, graphite, gentle herb tones that recall a bit Canary Islands’ tinto and a superb base of stony soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and beautifully balanced, with ripe, wellintegrated tannins, excellent focus and a very, very long, promising finish. In a perfect world, this wine would be tucked away in the cellar for three or four more years to allow the tannins to 158 fall away a bit more, but it is so well balanced that it is already pretty easy to drink with a proper meal.
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