A Boca do Demo, Ribeira Sacra
Castro Candaz

A Boca do Demo, Ribeira Sacra, 2018


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2018
75cl
DP
£34.20

2018
6x75cl
DP
£205.22


Castro Candaz, A Boca do Demo, Ribeira Sacra, 2018

2017
2018

Tasting Notes


ABV:
13 %

Notes

A Boca do Demo hails from a 0.8HA single plot of 70 year old vines within the wider Finca El Curvado. Next to the lighter, more youthful Finca El Curvado, A Boca do Demo offers up a deeper and more profound complexity, with fine violet, black pepper and stony notes reminiscent of the finest Northern Rhone Syrahs. A wine of levity and poise but with great underlying concentration and minerality, the 2018 is the most elegant rendition to date, being crisper and more vibrant than the more soulful, sumptuous 2017. Both are a joy for different reasons. Today the 2018 exhibits a beautiful salinity, red and black “infused” fruit and a bright, trembling acidity. Truly a wine of the mountains, its minerality and core of intense yet lifted fine boned fruit makes drinking a bottle a truly effortless exercise. Fermented with 100% whole bunches and raised in large foudre and neutral 500L barrels. 2,500bts produced.

Critics score


Score:
94

100

Source:
Josh Raynolds, Vinous

Date:
06/2021

Notes
Shimmering ruby. Ripe, spice- and earth-accented cherry, black raspberry, licorice and seductive floral qualities on the deeply perfumed nose. Intense red and blue fruit and lavender flavors are lifted and sharpened by an undercurrent of smoky minerality. Concentrated as well as energetic and focused, finishing with strong, gently tannic persistence and hints of cherry pit, candied flowers and exotic spices.

specifications

country:
Spain

region:
Galicia

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Producer:
Castro Candaz

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Allergen Information:
This product may contain sulphites. Full allergen information is available upon request, please call our Customer Relations Team on +44 (0)20 7484 6430.


Castro Candaz

Castro Candaz

Castro Candaz is a new Ribeira Sacra project, established as a joint-venture between Bierzo legend Raúl Pérez and top Rias Baixas producer Rodrigo Méndez. In fact, they have a long history of working together, with impressive results. For in 2005, they established the now leading Rias Baixas estate Forjas del Salnés and it was there that Raul helped Méndez to refine his style and produce a range of elegant, high toned reds to compliment Mendez’s natural affinity with Albarino. In return, he helped Pérez to develop his famous “Sketch” label, now one of the most sought after whites in Spain. Happily, they have joined forces once more, this time in Ribeira Sacra, truly one of the most awe-inspiring regions in Europe. Pérez already has a foothold there in the warm, Amandi subzone via Guimaro, with whom he produces La Penitencia and El Pecado, so when it came to developing Castro Candaz, Pérez and Mendez were seeking a new expression of Ribeira Sacra. Together they scouted out the cooler, lesser-known La Chantada appellation, where the Sil River widens, and the soils have a higher proportion of granite over schist. These are beautifully detailed wines with an unerring freshness and precision reminiscent of top level Cote Rotie, offered at a snip of the price. Under the radar for now, this small project is nevertheless destined for greatness.

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