Albariño “O Con” 2018 – Xosé Lois Sebio
An intense and aromatic example of Spain’s iconic variety, Albariño. Aromas of stone fruit combine with floral notes and chalky, mineral nuances. Deliciously refreshing and balanced with deep fruit flavours enveloped in an enticing smoky character and a long, fresh finish. Seafood or delicate fish dishes
Maceration of the Albariño O Con Xosé Lois Sebio crushed grapes took place for 24 hours. Fermentation started in stainless steel tanks at very low temperatures. The Albariño O Con Xosé Lois Sebio fermenting must was then transferred to second and third fill barrels of 500 and 700 litres. A very slow fermentation took place at a low temperature in order to impart fruit flavours. The wine did not go through malolactic fermentation, retaining its naturally refreshing character. The wine was aged for nine months in second and third fill French oak barrels.
The grapes for O Con come from a single vineyard ‘Sobre a Mina’ in the DO Rias Baixas in the North West of Spain. The old, low yielding 70 year old Albariño vines are planted at a density of 1,000 to 2,000 vines per hectare and produce grapes with concentrated flavours. The vineyard is situated on a hillside at an altitude of between 50 to 100 metres above sea level, where it is influenced by cooling sea breezes from the Atlantic. The vineyard is cultivated in the traditional manner and the schistous soils imbue the wine with an intense character and mineral style. The grapes are manually harvested at optimum maturity.
Winemaker Xosé Lois Sebio has produced this stunning eponymous collection of wines as a result of a personal quest: to find wines with unique personality from more risky processing zones and with a very marked identity. This original and quirky range is made from high quality grapes in areas which are often neglected or simply different; vineyards that are difficult to farm due to the high costs of conventional viticulture. Away from fashions and conventions, the sole intention is to respect and express the soil, variety and area; producing wines with soul and personality. The wines are vinified with minimal intervention and low sulphur. These are collectable wines for lovers of the authentic and different.