Amizade

Amizade
Monterrei

Gerardo Méndez of Do Ferreiro has been instrumental in our continued exploration of new vineyards in Galicia. This friendship with Gerardo has borne continual fruit, of which Amizade is a fine exemplar. Monterrei, its region of production, is an area of Galician Spain on the border with Portugal. It is something of a no man’s land for wine given its remoteness and comparative lack of sophisticated approaches. In this challenging territory, Gerardo, working with a local grower, has selected clones from a vineyard called Quinturas. This is a pre-phylloxera parcel of centenarian vines, with predominantly sandy-slate soils. The site lies in the heart of Monterrei, in a valley where the cool nights extend the viticultural season. The vines here are planted along a north-south axis to capture as much sunlight as possible. Though this parcel incorporates many varietals, the grapes included in Amizade are Godello.

Vinification has all been carried out at a very sophisticated facility in the region, and has utilized native yeast with fermentation in temperature-controlled tanks. Bottled after six months of lees aging, this wine drinks well upon release and benefits also from bottle aging.