Monday, March 6, 2023

Time to get acquainted with the Treixadura grape!

Time to get acquainted with the Treixadura grape!

Pazo do Mar Expresión Treixadura Ribeiro (DO) 2019, 13% ABV, O’Briens. €17.45 current, bought at 13.96 on offer.

O’Brien’s, the importers, tell us that the little-known Ribeiro region “is another exciting Galician wine producing area. This example comes from the boutique, family-owned Pazo do Mar estate.”

The producing family: We can call this wine Estate Wine because the grapes only come from a single vineyard, which provides a homogeneity of the harvested grapes influenced by similar soil and climate characteristics, which will clearly reflect the particular characteristics of the estate.

This white comes in a beautiful gold colour, catching the light from every angle. The aromas too are full of exquisite promise, fresh stone fruit plus a floral waft. And soon you feel very comfortable with it in your month, full of gentle fruit and a fresh acidity that helps it along to a very satisfying finish indeed.

Treixadura is the grape name, one that is not very familiar on Irish shelves, and is grown mainly in Spain and in Portugal where they call it Trajadura. It is usually blended. It is early ripening and blends well with Godello.

I’ve had a few Treixadura in recent months including, most notably, a Via Arxéntea Godello and Treixadura blend from Monterrei (via the MacCurtain Street Cellar). Treixadura is regarded as the queen variety in Vino Ribeiro.  It is a grape worth checking out.

The vineyard was planted in 2002, although there are records of the cultivation of the vine on the farm at the beginning of the 20th century. And the producers themselves have some 30 years of experience of working with the variety.

The harvest is carried out manually in small boxes of 15 kg capacity and a double selection of the clusters is carried out in the vineyard and in the winery to later go on to their pressing and fermentation in stainless steel tanks with later temperature control. the wine remains in contact with the lees for approximately 5 months prior to bottling. Production is limited to 30,000 bottles. Enjoy at a temperature of 10-12º C.

Very Highly Recommended

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