The Flower and the Bee line from Coto De Gomariz aims to introduce native Galician grapes to a wider audience. This is made from young Sousón vines (also known as Sousão/Vinhão in Portugal), and displays a lots of varietal character. A beautiful, utterly drinkable wine.
Owner Ricardo Carreiro and winemaker Xosé Lois Sebio have introduced biodynamic principles, and are producing great wines at great prices.
Region: Ribeiro, Spain
Tasting notes/pairing options: Fresh, vivid and bright with assertive cherry and raspberry fruit. Lovely purity and a spicy bite, with high acidity on the finish.
Non-certified organic, many Biodynamic practices are used
Suitable for vegans and vegetarians
The vineyard/the winemaking:
Grapes are sourced from 27 hectares of vines planted on terraces (socalcos) and smooth slopes near the village of Gomariz. Soils are mostly sandy and granitic and vineyard altitude is 150 to 300 metres above sea level. A unique microclimate created by the Avia river causes summers to be hotter than usual in Galicia, and winters to be mild and humid. Grapes are hand harvested into 18 kg plastic-crates and transferred to a sorting table. They are de-stemmed, crushed and lightly pressed. Free-run juice is cold settled and fermented at low temperatures in stainless steel vats. Spends at least one month in bottle before release.