Do Ferreiro - Albariño 2022
Do Ferreiro is a small family winery in the historic heart of Spain’s coastal Rías Baixas region. Highly regarded for crafting Albariño, the winery has become a reference point for the grape. Do Ferreiro was founded in 1973 by Gerardo Mendez, though he never labelled a wine Do Ferreiro until the 1986 vintage. Gerardo and his son, Manuel, and daughter, Encarna, farm over 175 tiny plots of Albariño by hand in the Salnès subzone of Rías Baixas. The family owns 10 hectares of organically grown vines, three of which are over 50 years old, and one of which is over 200 years old! The valley’s proximity to the ocean, ideal climate due to the natural protection by mountain ranges, and decomposed granitic soil have gained the reputation for being the ideal zone in Rías Baixas for growing profound Albariño.
Do Ferreiro Albariño is from vines that are 15-50 years old from various plots in Salnés grown on soils of granite and sand. All grapes were destemmed and fermented with native yeasts in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. In the glass the wine displays a brilliant light lemon color with a translucent green rim. The nose is enchanting with aromas of sea-spray, Ruby Red grapefruit, peaches and fresh herbs. The palate delivers unbelievable concentration, depth and length as all the complex mineral, fruit and herbal flavors grow build to a crescendo and monumental finish. After one sip, you'll understand why it is a reference for the varietal and the region. Enjoy with seafood: mussels, oysters, prawns, lobster and, of course, octopus.