Quinta de Couselo, Rías Baixas Turonia 2020

£16.50 (75cl)

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SKU: SPCO0120B

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Sourced from the estate’s vineyards and from leased plots under the close technical control of the winery. Soils are granite and shale based. Strict control in the vineyard, with manual harvest in boxes of 15kg. Immediately before arrival at the winery, the grapes are subjected to temperature control by cold storage transport at 5°C. A vibrating sorting table selects the best fruit bunch by bunch. The whole grapes are destemmed and given a short maceration with skins prior to pressing. Separation of musts. Static racking. Temperature-controlled fermentation. Ageing on fine lees for 4 months. Clarification, stabilization and sterile filtration prior to bottling in May/ June.

Tasting note

Suggestive pale yellow color, greenish sparkles, steely trim, clean and very bright. Intense aromas of water fruit (royal gala apple) and suggestive sweet lemon, bitter orange jam, with pleasant aromas of flowers (San Juan water) and lemon leaf, lemon curd, fruit in season (white plum, mirabelle) ) and fresh notes of aromatic herbs (lemon balm, sage, lemon thyme). Fresh and balanced entry, fruity sensations (juicy apples, pears of Saint John), fresh balsamic, sensations of sweet lemon caramel and citronella, the palate is creamy, intense and fresh, with minerality that gives way to long-lasting oceanic saline sensations, with a very good aftertaste at the end.

About the producer

José Gonzalez and his brother Javier have worked hard to restore these ancient vineyards, which cover just over 6 hectares. Respecting Quinta de Couselo’s age-old traditional winemaking, winemaker José Manuel Martínez Juste produces seriously elegant and precise wines, which reflect the estate’s unique terroir. Built in 1163 by the monks of the Monasterio de Santa Maria de Oia, Quinta de Couselo is located in the southernmost part of the Rías Baixas DO in the O Rosal Valley, bordered to the south by the mouth of the Miño River and influenced by the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The fine stone pazo, or manor house, is watched over by a pair of parasol pines, which are featured on its elegant labels. The special microclimate here is thus one of mild temperatures, abundant rainfall and sunshine hours required for excellent ripening. The vines are grown on sedimentary soils: granite and slate, and are deep and rich in organic matter to lend good acidity to the fruit and resulting wines. The varieties grown are Albariño, Caiño Blanco, Loureiro and Treixadura. All viticultural practices are chosen to be fully compatible with the protection and improvement of
the natural environment (integrated production). Harvesting typically takes place during the second half of September, when the grapes reach optimum ripeness. All carried out manually, in plastic boxes of 20 kilos capacity. The harvest of each of the different grape varieties is conducted separately. Once in the winery, the carefully selected grapes are 100% destemmed. The pneumatic press, set at low pressure, extracts the juice very gently. The juice is cooled and allowed to decant prior to temperature-controlled fermentation (16-17°C) in stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts. After ageing on the lees for several months, the wine is clarified, cold stabilized, sterile filtered and bottled.