2017 Algueira Brandan, Ribeira Sacra

2017 Algueira Brandan, Ribeira Sacra

2018 Quinta da Muradella Gorvia Blanco, Galicia

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Vintages don’t necessarily follow in chronological order here, so from the 2014 I tasted last year (which is just being released now!), we jump to the 2018 Gorvia Blanco. This is sharp, austere, mineral and incredibly young, and it finishes with a clean, sharp and precise salty note. This follows the textural direction of the Fisterra, or the wine he bottled for Matador. This should develop in bottle for a long time. He thinks 2014 is starting to show well now, almost six years after the harvest. I think this wine can be enjoyed young, but it will improve and develop a lot in bottle.

95 points Luis Gutierrez robertparker.com

The past releases were produced entirely from Doña Blanca, and 2018 is the first year that includes a little Godello (roughly five per cent), because Mateo has replaced his dead or unhealthy vines and regrafted some rows with Godello. Fermented in mature 1500L oak foudres (one-third on skins) then aged in barrel with partial malolactic fermentation for 11 months before bottling, this bottling later spends two winters in stainless steel.

Tight and pure and packed with mouth-watering savouriness, this is a wonderful, earthy white that effortlessly fits the definition of a ‘food wine’. The vibrant, saline and complex finish completes the picture. If we were to say that this is Monterrei’s idiosyncratic answer to Chablis, this would be paying a great favour to many, many wines from that region!


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Product/Service Sold Out No
En Primeur No
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Wine Type White Wine
Wine Style Traditional
Country Spain
Region Galicia
Varietals Godello, Dona Blanca
Vintage 2018
Bottle Size 750ml
Wine Points 95
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