Sonia Costa - Lagar de Costa, Cambados, Pontevedra
Cambados, the seaside town looking out over the Ría de Arousa in the heart of Galicia’s Rias Baixas region is the home of albariño.
Sonia is a third generation of this historic century old family business with vineyards that run down to the Atlantic Ocean, some vines are over fifty years old and yields are kept well below D.O. average.
Quality is rigorously controlled both in their vineyards - which sit a mere 30m above sea level - and in the winery where traditional techniques are employed.
Tasting: Barrel aged Albariño is something of a rarity, the right quality of fruit and winemaking knowhow is essential. Aged in old oak Foudres, this Albariño retains its characteristic freshness, with all the positive impacts of oak aging. Slightly spiced ripe stone fruit on the nose, with a palate of candied lemon skin, smoky spiced vanilla and dried apricot.
Tasting: Located near the town of Cambados, their vineyards overlook the Ría de Arousa, the estuary of the Río Ulla. Benchmark Albariño that others are judged by. Heady aromas of jasmine and lime blossom, giving way to a intense palate of candied lime, lemon zest, and apricot flesh with perfectly balanced, framing acidity.
Tasting: Calabobos is the Galician word for ‘drizzle’, nodding its hat to the inclement weather and high rainfall of Galicia. A limited-edition wine, only 1800 litres made each vintage from the highest quality fruit from their vineyards. An incredibly complex wine that retains amazing levels of freshness as it matures, a plethora of flavours explode on the palate after a fragrant nose of candied lime and wet stones. A party for the senses, it has flavours of white fruit, lemon pith, apricot, with traces of bitter almond and an underlying minerality.
Tasting: From Lagar de Costa’s oldest vines, over 100 years of age! This sumptuous, engaging Albariño shows light anise, grapefruit, lemon peel, white apricot and a backdrop of salinity, minerals and the laser like acidity that you would expect from the grape.
Tasting: Espadeiro is a grape variety that originates from the Vinho Verde region, in the north of Portugal, like many other grapes that originate from either country their spread across and into each others wine producing areas was inevitable. Producing exceptionally fresh, light bodied reds, this expression shows aromas light red fruit and balsamic touches with flavours of fresh, just picked cherries, pomegranates, herbs, and super zippy acidity. A true Atlantic red!