Xosé Lois Sebio - Coto de Gomariz, Ourense, Galicia
Xosé wears two hats, the first as winemaker at Coto de Gomariz, Ribeiro where after starting in 2000 he quickly converted the vineyards to organic farming with biodynamic principles. From their 28 hectares of vines, they make whites based on local champion treixadura, often blended with albariño, godello and loureira, and red blends with sousón, ferrol, branellao and mencía.His second hat is his personal project - Viño de Encostas, translated it means ‘Wines of the Hills’. Sourcing vineyards all over northwest Spain, off the beaten track and often outside of D.O. boundaries they are farmed organically and biodynamically. Wines are made employing old oak only, light filtration and minimal sulphur and represent the truest essence of the land from which they are raised.
Tasting: Xosé Lois Sebio’s Viño de Encostas project focuses on fruit from old vines in vineyards that are farmed organically and biodynamically, often outside of traditional growing areas. Máis Alá is a powerful wine, made from Godello, the nose shows citrus blossom, spices, and minerals, backing a palate of concentration and muscle, but with elegance. It shows ripe stone fruits, grapefruit peel, honeydew melon and a crunchy acid drive.
Bodega: Viños de Encostas
Aging: Fermented in barrel and then 10 months in large format old oak