2018 LOURO DO BOLO, Rafael Palacios. Valdeorras, Spain Organic
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Area: Valdeorras (valley of gold) is in Galicia in north west Spain, the cool-ish, green region from where so many of the best Iberian whites hail. It's about 100km inland and is blessed with local grape varieties that are proving to be world-class.
Grape Variety: Godello and Treixadura fermented and matured (for 4 months, on the lees) in very large, old oak casks.
Producer: Rafael Palacios is part of one of Spain’s most admired winemaking families - his family's business was established in Rioja and his brother Alvaro is now a renowned producer in Priorat and Bierzo. Rafael is one of the pioneering quality producers in Valdeorras, working mainly with Godello on sandy /granite soils and terraced vineyards. He buys from around 20 small plots around the region.
Old Bridge Rating: Godello is possibly Spain's best grape (despite all the fuss about Albarino). Come and find out why.
Press Reviews: "2017 Louro was cropped from an unusual year marked by frost that reduced the crop by some 40%. It's a blend of Godello with around 8% Treixadura with good ripeness, concentration, power and acidity, managing a considerable alcoholic degree with low pH and notable acidity. It fermented in 3,000-liter oak foudres, where it was kept with the fine lees for four months. This is a great wine, perhaps not as long lived as As Sortes, because the vineyards are not as high in altitude and have a little more clay in the soils. It's a little more varietal in character but also marked by the soils, especially on the finish. It's very expressive early on. It has intense, pungent flavors with a saline, tasty twist I often find in wines from granite. It combines power with balance. This overdelivers for its price." - 92/100, The Wine Advocate
"Very concentrated nose and this smells more than a year older than the 2018. Some impression of sweetness – certainly ripeness. Impressively long." - Jancis Robinson, 17/20.
£19.95 per bottle
£18.95 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£17.96 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles