Coto de Gomariz ~ The Flower and the Bee ~ Ribeiro DO 2015

Coto de Gomariz ~ The Flower and the Bee ~ Ribeiro DO 2015
£16.35 / bottle£186.39 / case (12 bottles)
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Country: Spain
Wine Type: White Wines
Grape variety: Treixadura
Wine region: Ribeiro
Wine style: Aromatic Whites
Wine Type: Vegan Wine
Wine Type: Limited Edition Wines
Drink: now to 2021
ABV: 13.5%

Tasting Notes

I have sold out of the 2015 vintage but I do have stocks of the equally lovely 2016 The Flower & The Bee.

The story

Nestled at the eastern edge of Galicia, the Ribeiro DO is split by three rivers. Coto de Gomariz is located in the zone of Ribeiro where the slopes overlook the Avia river and consists of 27 hectares. Shisteous, granitic and sandy soils, steep slopes, tiny yields and a unique microclimate make this spot ideal for growing the local varieties which include Treixadura, Godello, Loureira and Albariño. Owner Ricardo Carreiro and winemaker Xosé Lois Sebio have introduced biodynamic principles such as bottling only on fruit days and are producing great organic wines at sensible prices.

The wine

This wine is produced organically, from native Galician grape varietyTreixadura, which is 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 - medium-bodied, concentrated and yet surprisingly refreshing which gives it a certain lightness.  

The wine is unoaked and yet shows an amazing depth and range of flavours, a medium body and a creamy texture and taste, the wine is complex and there is a surprising acidity for such a medium-bodied wine. It is a lovely golden colour, smells heavenly - think lemon, lime, kiwi fruit, baked apple with some toasty aromas. On the palate the fruits develop adding white peaches and pears but the texture is the highlight for me - smooth, creamy, full-bodied yet fruity and light. It is a really classy wine.

This wine reminds me of a great Sémillon so why not try the  fabulous Boekenhoofsklout Semillon 2014.

Food Pairing

Treixadura produces aromatic yet crisp white wines that are a great match for fish and seafood. Given its medium body, it will also stand up to stronger tasting food. Very food-friendly.

Producer's Notes

"The Flower and the Bee line aims to introduce native Galician grapes to a wider audience. This is a lovely full-flavoured white wine, with powerful flavours of herbs, pears and white peach. Real presence, but not at all heavy. Just lovely fruit intensity, and amazing freshness."

Gold in color and loaded with lemon, baked apple, and toasted aromas. The palate is lush, elegant and ripe, with a satisfying, lingering finish. A really classy wine

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