Rías Baixas Albariño

Rías Baixas

Martín Códax

Martín Códax was founded in 1986 by a group of winemakers led by...

9th generation winemaker Luciano Amodeo. Today it comprises around 2,400 tiny vineyard parcels managed by 550 families in Rías Baixas. It has become the largest producer in Galicia with 450 hectares of vineyard planted with Albariño, representing 13% of the total Rías Baixas DO – which the cooperative was instrumental in creating (in fact the statutes were signed at the winery) and are estate-grown Albariño specialists, conducting ongoing research into the variety. They named the cooperative after the medieval Galician poet and musician Martín Códax, and the winery has strong links to local art and music.

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Vineyards

The vineyards are primarily in the Salnés Valley, an average of five kilometres from the sea, ensuring the warm days are moderated by cool nights. The warm temperatures give ripeness and full citrus and apricot fruit, while the colder temperatures at night ensure fresh, pure Albariño aromatics.

Vintage Information

2016 surpassed expectations, having started with rain and potential issues with mildew during flowering, it improved to spectacular weather in August allowing grapes to ripen well and a healthy harvest was produced.

Vinification

The wine was fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel vats at 16-18ºC and underwent full malolactic fermentation. It rested for four months on its fine lees which gave a smooth, almost creamy texture to the wine.

Tasting Notes

Ripe with citrus and tangerine notes on the nose, with a ripe tropical hint. These are joined by floral aromas with hawthorn, jasmine and orange blossom, and a herbal hay character.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Albariño/Alvarinho
Region Rías Baixas, Galicia
Winemaker Luciano Amoedo & Katia Álvarez
Alcohol (ABV) 13%