A fresh, unoaked blend of four local grapes - Albariño, Godello, Treixadura and Loureira. This is a scintillating, crisp and zesty white with juicy lime and peach fruit, excellent balance and a highly moreish finish.
O Cotarelo is a tiny little estate on the banks of the River Minho in Galicia, North West Spain. It covers 2.5 hectares of the Ribeiro D.O. The vines are long established (some up to 60 years old) and were taken on by Beni Razamonde in 2018. Working with Galician winemaking superstar Pablo Estévez, Beni produces a very small amount of ultra high quality red and white from the site.
Ribeiro is Spain's oldest D.O. and is centred around the confluence of three rivers - the Mihno, Avia and Arnoia. Production is 90% white and the region's proximity to the Atlantic can be seen in the freshness and elegance of the wines. Most of the region's whites are a blend of grapes, with Treixadura being the most common, and Albariño, Godello and Torrontes also featuring heavily.
Offered: September 2023.
Vintage report: A hot summer relieved by September rains resulted in excellent fruit quality and good quantity too.
Drinking window: 2023 - 2025.
Food matching: Ideal as an aperitif, with shell fish or alongside Galician specialities such as grilled pulpo.