Terras Gauda O Rosal 2010
Wine Enthusiast 2010, 90 points. Wine & Spirits 2011, 92 points.
By blending some Loureiro and Caíño with Albariño, Terras Gauda achieves a complexity that Albariño rarely comes to on its own. All manner of citrus fruits, several colors of apples and pears, and even a few hints of tropical notes contribute to the layers. And the nose and mouth exhibit not just honey but beeswax, a telltale sign of slate in the vineyards (just ask those Riesling producers). Drink now or in the next several years.
Terras Gauda O Rosal is the perfect blend of the native Rías Baixas varieties: 70% Albariño, 20% Loureira, and 10% Caiño Blanco, all estate-grown in the O Rosal Valley located on the Galician riverbanks of the Miño River. The wine undergoes a traditional and separate vinification due to natural fermentation at controlled temperatures in stainless-steel tanks. After adding natural yeasts from the vineyards, the wine was cold-stabilized, filtered ,and finally bottled. It's crisp and clean, revealing its stunning structure and balancing acidity.
About the Winery
Founded in 1989, Terras Guada is a leader in the vinification of premium Albariño grapes in the Rosal valley of DO Rias Baixas in northwest Spain. Albariño is wisely blended with autochthonous varieties such as Loureira and Caiño Blanco, an heirloom white variety that the winery saved from extinction.