`Lías` 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

Fruit for the Lías Albariño comes from the 13 hectare Pé Redondo vineyard situated 165m above sea level. This is 100 metres higher than the average altitude of Salnés vineyards, which in turn allows for slower maturation and later picking, giving the grapes greater complexity of flavour. The site is sloped with shallow soil made up of mostly granitic sand, and a topsoil rich in organic matter. Under this is the “xabre”, a Galician word used to describe the decomposed granite. Vines are trained in a vertical shoot position, which ensures good exposure and distribution of fruit along the wires. These techniques further contribute to a longer maturation on the vine, which results in greater complexity and elegance in the wine.

Vintage Information

2015 was marked by an unexpectedly dry summer, with no significant rain for almost three months. Yields were lower than those in 2013 with an average of 8,500 kg/ha in the DO. Harvesting works started 10 days in advance and even though it rained in the middle of harvesting, it occurred for only three days and did not affect the health of the grapes.

Vinification

The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks at 17˚C. A selection of fine lees from all the tanks of the winery was made by the winemakers who supervise bâtonnage during the first two months after fermentation. After bâtonnage the wine was aged for ten months in tanks on the fine lees. The technique provides the wine with its unique silkiness and volume in mouth, and allows it to develop its signature roundness and balance.

Tasting Notes

An intense straw-coloured wine. The nose is intense and aromatic with floral notes together with pear, apple, white peach and quince alongside vanilla, bakery and warm brioche notes. On the palate, the wine has great volume and a long finish with persistent fruit flavours.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Albariño/Alvarinho
Region Rías Baixas, Galicia
Winemaker Luciano Amoedo & Katia Álvarez
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Wine pH 3.26