2017 Ladeiras do Xil Branco de Santa Cruz Valdeorras 750 ml

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Branco de Santa Cruz is an authentic Galician single-village wine. “Branco,” which means white in Gallego, comes from vineyards scattered throughout the village of Santa Cruz in O Bolo county, located in the Val do Bibei in the southern part of the Valdeorras appellation. It is a blend of old godello, treixadura, doña blanca, and palomino varieties from traditional co-planted, bush-trained vines on granitic soil, locally called sábrego. Terraced vineyards perched between 400 to 600 meters above the Bibei river are planted on steep slopes facing south, west, and northwest. Branco Santa Cruz shows off godello’s textural similarities with white Burgundy; however, it comes across as more Mediterranean, with aromatic herbs, hay, and bee pollen, with good volume and balanced acidity. The certified organic wines are made with low intervention and minimal sulfur at bottling.

Vinification – Following a manual harvest, fermentation begins spontaneously in oak barrels and foudres of various sizes. The wine is then aged for ten months in these same vessels before bottling.

Grapes: Godello, Treixadura, Doña Branca, and Palomino

Vine Age: 20-80+ years old

Soil: Granite

Farming: Organic

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