Grape Variety: Albariño
Producer: Constantina Sotelo
Region: Rias Baixas, Galicia, Spain
Wild Scale: 4/5
Vegan friendly wine
Winemaking: Organic grapes (uncertified) were taken from 2 different plots (1 of which is 100 years old) and fermented with indigenous yeast. The wine was bottled before the end of fermentation so this continued in bottle and the wine was aged on the lees before being disgorged. No filtration, fining or added sulphur.
This Wine: Pet Nat sparkling white wine with body and depth thanks to the year spent on the lees. Citrus flavours with some biscuit and brioche notes. Very unique in that it's very rare to find a sparkling wine made from the Albariño grape. Only 900 bottles produced.
Notes on the Winemaker: Constantina Sotelo makes natural wine in the famous region of Rias Baixas, the home of Albariño. However, the wines she produces are very different to your typical bottles from here. She works outside the DO which requires wines to be filtered and sulphured and instead focusses on making honest and authentic expressions of Albariño and some local red varieties. In 2018, we visited her in the beautiful surroundings of this part of Spain to see the vineyards and taste the many wines she produces.