Flower and the Bee line from Coto De Gomariz aims to introduce native Galician grapes to a wider audience. Coto de Gomariz is located in the zone of Ribeiro where the slopes overlook the Avia river and consists of 27 hectares
Shisteous, granitic and sandy soils, steep slopes, tiny yields and a unique microclimate make this spot ideal for growing the local varieties which include Treixadura, Godello, Loureira and Albariño. Owner Ricardo Carreiro and winemaker Xosé Lois Sebio have introduced biodynamic principles, and are producing great wines at great prices.
Grapes: Treixadura (100%)
Region: Ribeiro, Spain
Tasting notes/pairing options: Powerful flavours of herbs, pears and white peach, with some apricot and spice notes. Real presence, but not at all heavy. Just lovely fruit intensity, and amazing freshness.
Non-certified organic, many Biodynamic practices are used
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.