DaTerra Viticultores, Camino de la Frontera Blanco 2019
Malvasia & Verdejo
Castilla y Leon, Spain
From the importer-
For almost a decade, Laura Lorenzo was the winemaker and viticulturist at the venerable Dominio do Bibei. In 2014, she struck out on her own with her project, DaTerra Viticultores, and now works about 4.5 ha organically in the Val do Bibei‐Quiroga subzone of Ribeira Sacra. Through her meticulous work in the vineyard, Laura’s goal is to cultivate life in her soils that were once damaged by industrial viticulture, and to bring harmony to her vineyards and grapes. In the winery, Laura lets healthy grapes speak for themselves – fermenting with wild yeasts, utilizing older wooden casks and concrete vessels for fermentation and elevage, and using only small amounts of SO2 during the winemaking process, with no clarification, filtration, or adjustments in the wines.
Camino de la Frontera Blanco comes from Angel’s ancient, northwest-facing vineyard in the Parque Natural de Los Arribes del Duero, mostly Malvasia & Verdejo balanced with a little Puesta en Cruz (all co-planted with the red grapes). After a hot & dry summer balanced by cool nights during August, the grapes were hand-harvested on September 1st, destemmed and partially pressed after 15 days of skin contact, wild yeast fermented and raised in used 500L chestnut barrels for 11 months.