Adega Ponte da Boga, Pizarras Y Esquistos, DO Ribeira Sacra, Spain, 2020
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 the San Vitoriao vineyard on the banks of the Miño river, the schist soil are notable on the palate.
Grapes are destemmed and crushed, followed by fermentation for 10 days with gentle pumping over, followed by a maceration for 8 days. Aged in French oak of second and third use for 4 months
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: None
A deep ruby colour (picota cherry) black fruits such as blackberry dominate, with some liquorice and pepper on the finish. The schist soil in the plots of the Sil and Bibei river add minerality to the finish along with red fruits and flowers.
A versatile wine that sits well with red meats, as well as squid.
6 x 75cl