The Flower and The Bee Red 2020, Ribeiro
Fresh, vivid and bright with assertive cherry and raspberry fruit. Lovely purity and a spicy bite, with high acidity on the finish. A beautiful, utterly drinkable wine.
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, and are producing great wines at great prices.
Viticulture is non-certified organic. Many Biodynamic practices are used. Grapes are hand harvested into 18 kg plastic-crates and transferred to a sorting table. After crushing they undergo a period of maceration on the skins, after which must is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats with wild yeast. There is occasional pumping over and punching down. Once
fermentation is complete wine ages in barrel for 4 months before being bottled on a Fruit Day, according to the Biodynamic calendar.