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Viticultura Heroica
24 October 2019

Castro Candaz is a new project from Bierzo legend Raúl Pérez and leading Rias Baixas producer Rodrigo Méndez. Together they form a power duo in north western Spain, drawing off each other’s local know-how and expertise to craft some of the most sought after wines in the country. In 2005, they established the now top Rias Baixas estate Forjas del Salnés. Raul was instrumental in Mendez’s pursuance and eventual grasp of elegant, high toned reds to compliment his quality whites and, in return, Raul’s infamous “Sketch” Albarino was born. They have since decided to join forces once more, this time in the mountainous Ribeira Sacra area, truly one of the most awe-inspiring regions in Europe.

Raúl already had a foothold in the region with Adegas Guimaro, where he produces his two most famous Ribeira Sacra bottlings: La Penitencia and El Pecado. However, these hail from the warmer Amandi district of the appellation, where the vineyards are schist dominated. With Mendez, he wanted to do something different, and together they scouted out the cooler, less well-known Chantada appellation, where the Sil River widens and the soils are predominantly granite-based. As of January this year they have found a more permanent, but unassuming winemaking facility, with enough space to expand and enhance the reputation of this incredibly exciting young project. Justerini & Brooks is delighted to be the first to import these wines in the UK.

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