Somoza Neno White
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PRODUCER: Galicia, a fiercely independent little corner of Spanish perched above Portugal, with a language and culture of its own, is one of the most exciting wine regions in Spain. The fresh Atlantic influenced wines from here are quite distinct. Valdeorras has a long tradition of grape growing stretching back to Roman times. Soils range from granite, gneiss, quartzite, and clay on the banks of the river Bibei, to slate and schist along the river Sil. The native Godello grape, which was almost wiped out by phylloxera, is now being replanted and produces well-structured, nervy whites with ageing potential. Viña Somoza was founded in 2001, but it was in 2017 when they employed Javier García from 4 Monos, that the project took an exciting new course. Javi has been brought in to maximise the potential of these outstanding vineyards and the result of this work is beginning to show.
WINEMAKING: Valdeorras is located inland in Orense along the banks of the river Sil, between the Trevinca, Montouto and Manzaneda mountains. Neno is their regional wine, grapes come from a selection of parcels on a variety of aspects, elevations and soil types including slate in the higher vineyards, granite, “xábregos” sandy soils on the hillsides and alluvial soils further down the valley. Vines are between 30 and 40 years old. The indigenous Godello grape was almost wiped out by phylloxera but is now being replanted in the region.
Vineyards are converting to organic. Fruit is picked by hand into 15kg crates.
Grapes are hand sorted and cold soaked for 12-48 hours when they arrive at the winery. The grapes are then pressed, and the must is cool fermented in a selection of stainless steel, concrete and old barrels. The wine then stays on fine lees for seven months with some bâtonnage before bottling after a light fining with bentonite.
TASTING NOTES: Shy on the nose. Combines rich, textured green apple and pear on the nose with a floral palate, refreshing acidity and minerality. Pairs well with fish, sushi and light cheeses.