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Peixe da Estrada, Bodega Peixes 2017
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A new project from Jesús Olivares and Curro Bareño, two-thirds of the talented Fedellos trio. Through explorations of their region the pair discovered old vineyard sites around the town Viana do Bolo, which is almost encircled by Valdeorras but not part of the DO. These are some of the highest vineyards in Galicia at 600-850 metres above sea level. At this altitude the grapes don’t ripen easily and many of the sites had been abandoned, or the fruit is used to make the local firewater Orujo. When Jesús and Curro tried a bottle of a wine from a local grower they were amazed by the complexity, and decided to make wine here themselves to express the potential of this landscape - Peixes was born. The 60-80 year-old gobelet trained vines grow along sinuous stone terraces. Farming is a mix of organic and sustainable. Jesús and Curro work six hectares themselves, by hand, and with growers who manage a further two hectares. The winemaking is low intervention and constant across their three cuveés: they use whole clusters, long macerations and cool fermentations with indigenous yeasts. Wines are matured in large neutral oak and bottled without fining or filtration.
Peixe da Estrada roughly translates as ‘fish of the road’, the grapes come from across the Viana region, and the name represents the time Curro and Jesús spend on the road tending all the small plots! This fluid, fresh ‘regional wine’ has pure cassis fruit and shows a snapshot of this high mountain region.
Producer Bodega Peixes
Origin Galicia, Spain
Grapes Field blend Mencía, Mouraton, Grao Negro, Garnacha Tintorera, Bastardo, Godello, Dona Blanca, Palomino
Alcohol 12.5% ABV
Style Medium body fragrant red
Bottle size 750ml
Winemaking Manual harvest, whole clusters are gently crushed then left to macerate at low temperatures for two months in large plastic vats. During this time fermentation takes place initiated by indigenous yeasts. The wine is then transferred to 500 litre neutral French oak barrels and 3,000 litre neutral French foudre where it matures for 12 months on lees without bâtonnage. The wine is then bottled without fining nor filtration. No SO2 added.
Notes Organic, Natural