Rodrigo Mendez, 2011 'Salvora' Albarino
Region: Rias Baixas
This wine….. Savoury and salty. Savoury is a unique expression of old vine Albarino with some time in bottle. More textural and concentrated than the classic versions.
This brand new collaboration between Rías Baixas native Rodrigo Mendez and mad scientist Raúl Pérez has produced some very promising releases in its brief lifespan. Rodrigo Mendez’s family hails from the Rías Baixas, the owners of the winery Do Ferreiro. These vineyards are located within the Val do Salnes, the coolest of Rias Baixas five sub-zones, within the village of Meano. Rodrigo’s vineyards are not typical for Galicia: they’re hidden away up in the mountains, surrounded by pine forests, where high altitude keeps them cool rather than the coastal winds common in other parts of the region. The vineyards are quite isolated, meaning Rodrigo is able to farm using organic methods as he does not have to worry about diseases or pesticides drifting in from neighbouring vineyards. He grows native Galician grape varieties and uses natural yeasts to ferment them.