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This wine is produced biodynamically and organically (not certified) from native Galician grape varieties, Treixadura (70%), Godello, Loureira and Albariño. Just 20% is fermented in oak and there is no ageing in oak so the oak influence is minimal, the wine's complexity coming from the blend of local grapes, especially the Godello, and from the schist, granite and sandy soils in the vineyards.
Having tasted the latest vintages from Coto de Gomariz I have decided to stock their flagship wine which is a step up from the iconic Flower & The Bee wine. This Coto de Gomariz Blanco is 70% Treixadura, a grape known for producing wines that are light, finessed and full of citrus fruits and white flowers; this dry white wine is all of those and more. Added to the blend are three other grapes from North West Spain / North Portugal:
- Albariño (read more about that variety in my blog),
- Loureiro (also found in my lovely Vinho Verde) and
- Godello, responsible for a lot of the complexity, stone fruits and silky texture.
The resulting wine is medium to full-bodied, concentrated and yet surprisingly refreshing which gives it a certain lightness. It is a lovely golden colour, smells heavenly - think lemon, lime, kiwi fruit and stone fruit like apricots. On the palate the fruits develop adding white peaches though the finish is minerality with zesty lime. The texture is the highlight for me - smooth, silky yet fruity and light. It is a really classy wine.
Treixadura produces aromatic yet crisp white wines that are a great match for fish and seafood. Given its rather full body, it will also stand up to stronger tasting food; the producer suggests "Scallops and other seafood with some complexity. Fish such as turbot, cod, smoked salmon. White Meat. Cheese."
Very food-friendly but also great on its own.
"Bright, green-tinged yellow. Lively, mineral-accented citrus and orchard fruit scents are complemented by suave floral and gingery spice qualities. Silky and focused on the palate, offering zesty orange and lemon pith flavors and a touch of bitter quince. Finishes dry and focused, with strong lift and stony persistence." (Josh Raynolds)
Gold in color and loaded with lemon, lime and stone fruits. The palate is lush, elegant and ripe, with a satisfying, lingering zesty finish