Constantina Sotelo Volandeira 2018

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Salnés Valley, Rias Baixas, Spain
Organic & Biodynamic
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites

Tending vines without the use of chemical pesticides can be very difficult in this part of Spain given it faces the Atlantic and is prone to heavy rainfall, which can lead to all manner of problems with rot and disease in the vineyard. Thankfully, the family have many years of experience and have developed a system where tactical high trellising to keep the vines well cleared from the ground, along with natural treatments of garlic, horsetail, nettles, whey and propolis mean that heavy-handed management is not necessary. Producers working in this way in this part of Spain are few and far between. This wine comes from one of Constantina's most prized vineyard sites. Not only is the soil rich with sea mineral deposits owing to its proximity to the ocean, but the site sits on top of an ancient well that has long been ruptured, funnelling sea water directly into the soils deep below the surface. Needless to say the resulting wine bursts with that saline character that speaks so clearly of the nearby Atlantic. Zesty white grapefruit and preserved lemon, with a finish that goes on for days. In the cellar they have managed to reduce the amount of sulphur added to the wine each year, meaning now they are using none at all. Impressive work.