I have long been on a soap box for wines from "Green Spain", but the Daterra wines are on another level; for these I'm busting out a pulpit. I warn you: this is not a pairing post, simply because these wines demand ALL of my attention. I've been living for them.
Winemaker, viticulurist and all around badass Laura Lorenzo grew up in Galicia idolizing older women of the vine. After quitting high school to get her enology training and kicking wine butt in South Africa and Argentina she landed her first position as winemaker at Dominio Bibei; trailblazers of Ribeira Sacra. She soon set out to start her own project: DaTerra Viticultores.
Laura's wines are a vibrant hommage to Galician terroir; and there aren't many working to maintain the old vines and winemaking traditions there. Most of DaTerra wines come from vines that are 80-100 years old, and her winemaking style is non-interventional: wild yeast fermentation, old wooden casks, and small amounts of SO2 during the winemaking process, with no fining or filtration.
These wines are alive; they've got the spunk of Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey and the verve of a Bruno Mars video. If I had to pick my desert island wines from the DaTerra line up, they would be the Casas de Enriba and Gavela de Vila.
Casas de Enriba is a blend of Mencia and Godello from the "Valley of Gold" (Valdeorras). The vines are planted on steep terraces along the Sil River. This wine is wild: sour cherries, wet slate and fresh green.
Gavela de Vila From Val do Bibei in Ribeira Sacra this white is 100% Palomino; a varital you rarely find outside of Jerez triangle. It is not made the way sherry is, but the grapes were partially fermented on the skins, giving you reminence of that salty texture you crave when you've got fino on the brain.
Personality: It's what happens when you are unfiltered.
“Daterra Viticultores owes its name to the many women and men who have spent the course of their lives on the Manzaneda mountainsides in the Bibei valley cultivating these vines, and who entrust Laura Lorenzo to carry on their culture.” -Alvaro Dominguez & Laura Lorenzo