The visually stunning Finca Cortezada vineyard was carved into a dizzyingly steep amphitheatre well over a century ago. When Fernando González Riveiro found this abandoned plot, it has been reclaimed by the Galician forest and he spent years painstakingly clearing the land and rebuilding the ancient terraces.Located in the Ribeira del Sil sub-region, the vineyard's walled terraces are between two and three meters high and 200m long, planted to Albariño, Godello and Treixadura. These old vines are rooted in soils rich in gneiss, quartz and slate. Naturally, all the work carried out here is manual. It's a special place of which Luis Gutiérrez has written, "deliver[s] wines with incredible energy and, like this wine, pungent minerality and inner power." The stellar 2019 is a blend of 40% Godello, 40% Albariño and 20% Treixadura. The fruit was co-fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged for six months in stainless steel to preserve the pristine fruit and minerality. The resulting wine is worthy of its spectacular setting. Opening with delicate and complex white peach and waxflower notes, it combines the lees-enriched texture of fine white Burgundy with the precision of white grapefruit and lemon pith, and a snap of saline minerality.
How was it made?
CORTEZADA is a parcel wine where the most emblematic white castes of Galicia grow: Godello, Albariño and Treixadura. The must ferments in stainless steel without lees work or wood supply, but it does not lack the capacity for improvement inside the bottle. Its bright yellow straw color and its density make this wine attractive, however, it is on the nose where better expressed. From the aniseed to the obvious stone fruit (apricot) or tropical notes (passion fruit), it has certain citrus notes and the waxes provided by the Treixadura may appear over time. In the palate, it has an intense entry that slowly gets softer and rounded on the passage and a long and vibrant aftertaste.