FRAGA DE CORVO
D.O. MONTERREI- SPAIN
Region/ Sub-Region: Spain, Galicia, Monterrei D.O.
Grapes: 100% Godello (single clone Verdello). Vines are 15 -25 years old. Verdello is a specific clone located only in Monterrei that has adaped to the terroir and gives higher acidity.
Vineyard: 10 acre single vineyard, Tamaguelos Vineyard. Practices organic and sustainable viticulture.
Soil: Granite based sand and Slate.
Vinification: 100% estate fruit. Manual harvest and grape selection done bunch by bunch. Temperature controlled fermentation.
Aging: Aged in stainless steel on fine lees for 7 months. After at least 5 months bottle aging before release. The wine is never filtered, nor clarified for added structure.
Nose: On the nose it reveals floral aromas, intense fruit notes of apple and pear, citrus and aromatic herbs on a bed of boxwood.
Taste: On the palate it shows creamy texture, with well-balanced and pleasant acidity of fresh fruit, mineral, luscious with a well-rounded finish.
Color: Pure yellow in color with greenish tinges.
Gastronomy: White water fish (trout, salmon, eels), pasta, eggs, chicken, turkey, and a diverse range of cheeses.
Fraga do Corvo is the name given locally to the landscape, an area of Monterrei nearby one of the vineyards. In September, Corvos (crows) sit on the electric power lines near the vineyards and perform a “natural” grape selection. The crows help by eating some of the fruit creating lower yields and thus provide a very important and helpful task for the winery. The winery decided to name the wine Fraga do Corvo as a tribute to the crows for their grape selection, as well as the name for the landscape nearby.
Talking About the Wines:
-Dr. Owen Bargreen, Oct '21 gave 91 points to 2020 Fraga do Corvo (white). “Brightly colored, this 100% Godello wine shows off lovely Japanese pear and smoky mineral flavors with shades of salted Macadamia nut. Full-bodied with a great a sense of mouthfeel, this delicious wine really screams for some salty tapas.”
-Vinous Media, June '21 gave 90 points to 2019 Fraga do Corvo (white). “Light, bright yellow-gold. Fresh pear, Meyer lemon and pungent flowers on the nose. A zesty mineral flourish adds lift to bitter pear skin, lemon zest and honeysuckle flavors that flesh out through the midpalate. Shows sharp definition on the persistent finish, which echoes the mineral note.”