Producer: Cal di Mat
Country/Region: Spain/Sierra de Gredos
Nutshell: Complex, Pure, Long
About Ca di Mat
Curro Barreño and Jesús Olivares will be better known in the UK as the founders of Fedellos de Couto, the label under which they produce some of the most sought after Ribeira Sacra. This project sees a return to home roots and wines produced from some of the most spectacular vineyards in the Sierra de Gredos. Here, located in San Martín de Valdeiglesias in the foothills of the Sierra de Gredos.
The estate has 20 hectares of 30-80 year old vines which are cultivated organically and include Garnacha, Albillo and Moscatel. Much of the vineyard land is under recovery and this is being undertaken slowly to ensure the old vines have a chance to recover, rather than replanting. It is a continental climate, with altitudes between 700 and 850 metres. Wine making is along the minimal intervention path, indigenous yeasts, cold smooth macerations and the use of whole brunches.
The wine is fermented in 50% barrel (french and 2-3 years old) and 50% concrete, both on lees. the wine is bottled in late summer. Honey and new leather notes, wild herb and a steeped citrus twang, with a lively, pure palate broad in flavour and long on finish...stunning juice from a highly regarded name.