Bodegas Terras Gauda La Mar Caíño 2021 has so much going on in the glass – plenty of aromatics of ripe stone fruits and tropical fruits, dried herbs and blossom. And just as much excitement on the palate with apricots, subtle pineapple, melon and hints of cream, honey and minerality. Terras Gauda La Mar has a really smooth, rounded feel in the mouth from its lees ageing and a citric zippiness cuts through any richness from the ripe fruits. This acidity means that the wine should keep for a number of years, if you can resist opening it!
Although Bodegas Terras Gauda is bigger than most of the wineries whose wines Wines Wth Attitude stocks, its ethos is in line with ours, producing “the highest quality wines with unique personalities, using noble varieties grown in ideal conditions and vinified according to the area’s tradition, crafted with the most advanced technology and the utmost care.” And that ethos certainly shows in this wine, recommended to me by a very good customer. So popular was the 2020 vintage of Terras Gauda La Mar that I quickly ran out but the 2021 vintage is equally lovely.
How to enjoy this wine
The producer says “It goes perfectly with fish and seafood thanks to its good acidity, but its powerful body and volume give rise to a wide range of pairings, and can be combined with stews or baked meats without ruling out spicy or slightly spicy dishes.”
Serve at: 10 – 12°C
“The first impression we have of La Mar de Terras Gauda is one of a clean and intense bouquet of tropical fruit, particularly very ripe pineapple and passion fruit. This is followed by delicate aromas of cantaloupe melon, lychee and peach compote. The Caíño has an impressive ability to draw out the finest qualities of our terroir. These qualities flow harmoniously in an aromatic landscape of remarkable minerality and saline delicacy thanks to slight hints of iodine. La Mar ends its long aromatic journey on a captivating spicy note and with a creaminess from the fine lees.
While the nose is very attractive, it is on the palate where this wine really surprises us. It shows itself fully and unashamedly, filling the palate with its surprising volume. This a juicy, fleshy and very big wine thanks to its high extract. It is also soft and fresh due to its silky texture and excellent acidity that contributes to another of Caíño’s special abilities, its amazing capacity for ageing.”
No reviews yet of the 2021 but here’s what was said about the previous vintage:
17.5 points – JancisRobinson.com – Oct 2022
“This is gorgeous! Greek yogurt with thick cream and whorl of lemon zest. Yuzu. Lemon curd and mangos. Richness and silkiness. And yet not without distinctive stoniness and spice; gravel dust and cumin dust, a lick of new cement. It feels and tastes as if gauzy layers of minerality are filtering light and lift through the sybaritic curves of the wine. Quite a compelling wine.”