STORY BEHIND THIS WINE
Bodegas Terras Gauda was founded in the O Rosal Valley, within the Rías Baixas Denomination of Origin, with initial production of 37,000 bottles in the 1990 vintage. Success has meant expansion to 160 ha and selling about 1.5m bottles. Most Rias Baixas whites are 100% Albarino, but Terras Gauda’s is a blend of Albarino, Caino Blanco and Loureiro and it makes for a more interesting and complex wine with good minerality.
They have about 90% of the region’s Caino Blanco and it’s a late ripening variety that retains its acidity. Their focus is to produce high quality wines and they were the first winery in Galicia to get ISO 9001 certification. Their vineyards soils are mostly granitic with shallow sandy loam.
Grapes are harvested manually into small boxes and after gentle crushing the grapes are cold macerated to extract aromas and fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks with their own native yeasts and each variety is vinified separately.
2020 was a warmer than average vintage so the wine is a little more full bodied than usual but thanks to Caino Blanco’s ability to retain acidity and the Loureiro being grown at higher altitude the wine’s acidity was still refreshing. The wine shows attractive mandarin and orange peel fruit along with juicy pear and melon on the nose and palate which also has a strong stony mineral streak with a fresh citrus finish.