Castro das Saiñas 2020 | Ribeira Sacra
The vineyards are located in the town of Ferreira de Pantón. Land with 30% slope. 100% Mencía.
The clusters ferment with the stems in open 1000-litre PVC vats under their native yeasts and macerate for around 30 days with their skins. After pressing, it is racked for malolactic fermentation. Aged in 400-litre oak barrels for around 10 months.
COLOR: cereza brillante
AROMA: balsámico, especias dulces, hierbas de monte
BOCA: especiado, balsámico, buena acidez
The pale and aromatic 2020 Castro das Saíñas was produced with Mencía grapes from the Ribeiras do Miño part of Ribeira Sacra, where the granite soils provide freshness and less concentrated wines. This comes from a terraced plot on a shallow slope with sandy granite soils planted with Mencía some 30 years ago. The full clusters fermented in an open plastic bin and were foot trodden, using temperature control, with a soft extraction and 35 days of maceration. It matured in used French oak barrels for 11 months. It's floral and spicy, quite showy and nuanced with moderate alcohol (13.5) and good freshness. It has abundant, slightly dusty tannins that give it seriousness. I found it to be livelier and fresher than the 2019. 4,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in November 2019.