In Spain, Albariño is synonymous with Martin Códax, and most Spaniards know, or have tried, his main wine on occasion. It is found on most restaurant wine lists in Spain because it is a genuine all-rounder wine that always makes a good impression.
The winery, founded in 1886, is located in Cambados in the Val do Salnés in Galicia, an area with a strong Atlantic influence. Here the Albariño grapes that grow in the large number of small domaines that make up the Rías Baixas D.O, reach perfect maturity.
In recent years, Martin Códax has also moved into the Bierzo DO with the Quatro Pasos Winery and into Monterrei with the wines of Alma Atlántica. His success is due, in part, to his great technical skill founded on his continuous research into new methods of production.
Very intense yellow gold.
Intense aromas reminiscent of withered roses, ripe stone fruit and chamomile blossom against a backdrop of sweet honey and quince.
Oozes personality. Tasty and glycerine, oily across the palate, with a good weight of ripe fruit. Long, lingering finish.
Gallaecia shows the maturity and longevity of the Albariño grape variety, taken to the limit, and is the result of years of study into its behaviour.
It is an unusual Albariño, made from overripe grapes picked with a high proportion of noble rot. It is only made in those years when they consider all the weather conditions to be optimal. These conditions have only occurred only 6 times in the last 20 years.
This 2009 reminds us of an Alsace white which, although a dry wine, shows overtones of honey, quince and candied citrus. It is dense, full and persistent on the palate.
If commercial Albariños leave you bored, then this is the wine for you, an unusual and very pleasant white that will not will not leave indifferent.
Recommended with turkey confit with caramelized onions and raisins.