Adega Ponte da Boga, Bianco Lexítimo, DO Ribeira Sacra, Spain, 2021
Nestled deep in Galicia, in the region of Ribeira Sacra on the banks of the River Sil, the Ponte da Boga winery is set on acutely steep terraced slopes.
At harvest time, seasonal workers descend as if on a pilgrimage to help pick the fruit from the steep and narrow terraces. Delicate hands and nimble feet ensure the grapes are passed up the slopes to the winery to begin the next stage of their journey. From vines, often in excess of 100 years old, are fresh elegant expressions of Albarino, Godello, Mencia and rare Merenzao. Cooled by the Atlantic winds and basking in Spanish sunlight these precariously placed vines produce wines of authenticity and heritage.
From a single plot in the DO Ribeira Sacra, planted on slate soil at an altitude of 500 metres. The climate here is Atlantic, with a continental influence, just perfect for ripening the native Blanco Lexítimo grapes.
There is a pre-fermentation cold maceration, pressing and subsequent fermentation in steel tanks and a small proportion in oak barrels, followed by aging on lees for 5 months.
Type: 500 litre French Oak
% wine oaked: 50
% new oak: None
A recovered native Galician variety, now grown in the unique terroir of the Ribeira Sacra. It produces floral and very aromatic wines, accompanied by good acidity and great structure. This one is fresh, with citrus aromas sitting over white flower and stone fruits and includes a subtle toasted and smokiness about it. On the palate it reveals lime, apricot and orange and mineral nuances that show the potential of another of the great ancestral varieties of Galicia.
Chicken, shrimp, shellfish and white fish.
Blanco Lexítimo 100%
6 x 75cl