'As Xaras' is the latest addition to the Fedellos do Couto range. 100% Mencia, sourced from two different vineyards on either side of the River Xares (hence the name). This close proximity to a river allows for a gentle, cooling influence on the grapes that translates into a perfectly balanced wine. Vibrant and fresh, with wild strawberry, red cherry and a subtle, spicy kick. Intensely elegant and perfect with a light chill on a warm, summers day.
Fedellos was started in 2013 by Luis Taboada and winemakers Curro Barreño and Jesús Olivares. Couto refers to the 12th-century manor at the heart of the vineyards, which has been in Luis' family for generations and now serves as the base for the winery. They farm organically and work their vineyards by hand. You couldn't do otherwise on the terraces that hug the steep valleys of the rivers Sil and Bibei in Ribeira Sacra. These rivers have moulded the breathtaking landscape in North West Spain, carving out vast canyons and vertiginous valleys.
You find myriad indigenous grape varieties here - Mencía, Mouratón, Garnacha Tintorera, Caiño and Bastardo. The wines are gently fermented with natural yeasts in old oak and all share an Atlantic freshness and a slatey minerality that make them unmistakably Galician.