Gerardo Mendez has been working tirelessly for the last twenty years to resurrect an ancient family tradition of producing handcrafted Orujo.
Introducing Do Ferreiro
Sitting atop Portugal, between the Atlantic and Castilla y Leon, is the region of Galicia, home to five Denominacion de Origens. In Rias Baixas, the most famous D.O. in Galacia, there are five subzones, including Salnes, which is home to Do Ferreiro, on the west coast. With such proximity to the Atlantic, the climate here is cool and wet. This, in addition to the granite dominant soil, helps create ideal conditions for growing whites, including Albarino, which accounts for 90% of the region's vineyards.
Both over 50 and 200 years old, the vineyards at Do Ferreiro were purchased by the Mendez family in the 1950s. Gerardo Mendez, who currently runs Do Ferreiro (founded in 1973), owns five hectares of vineyards, which he cultivates without the use of pesticides and non-organic fertilizers. With eight plots of Albarino, Mendez ferments each plot separately, employing indigenous yeasts, before blending to produce Do Ferreiro Albarinno.
Sitting at 150-250m, the vineyards at Meano/Saines Valley contain Albarino vines that are 200+ years old. Fermented in stainless steel and aged on the lees for 12 months, the Do Ferreiro Albarino Cepas Vellas 2009 sings high notes of slate minerality, bosc pear, and white petaled flowers. With searing saline acidity, the Albarino Cepas Vellas 2009 fills the mouth while remaining long and lean.