In Galicia the rivers do not reach the sea: it is the estuaries that reach the sea. One of these beaches lends its name to this wine, displaying the treasures of a nature more beautiful and vivid than ever.
[Bico da Ran] is made with grapes from the best vineyards of Salnés. The grapes are harvested in the morning to retain maximum aroma and freshness. The must drained is cold fermented using yeasts that highlight the primary varietal aromas. Once complete, the wine is cold stabilized and filtered to preserve the aroma and freshness. The wine is bottled at a winery in Meis, Pontevedra.
Rías Baixas: location and climate: In a beautiful green valley, Rías Baixas has been called the Garden of Eden. The cool and wet climate is influenced by its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, nevertheless there are various microclimates in the five sub-areas into which the Denomination of Origin is divided.
The sub-area of Valle del Salnés: this is the lowest area, with an altitude below 300m, near the sea and associated with the lower section the river Umia and its mouth at Cambados, which leads to the climatic characteristics of the Atlantic influence that result in mild temperatures and high precipitation that is well distributed, although diminishing in summer.
Alcohol Grade: 13%
Aging/ Vinification: The grapes are hand-harvested in the morning to retain maximum aroma and freshness. The must is cold fermented in stainless steel. Once complete, the wine is cold stabilized and filtered to preserve the aroma and freshness.
Best to have it: 8-10ºC
Size: 750 ml
The Winery: Bodega Fento Wines
Eulogio Pomares, winemaker at Zárate and something of a magician with the Albariño grape, was asked by his colleagues at Fento to be the winemaker of a new venture. The vines are grown at the bottom the Rías Baixas appellation, on the banks of the river Minho, which forms a natural border between Spain and its neighbour Portugal. The wines from this area are a bit less acidic and produce a slightly rounder palate without losing any of the typical Rías Baixas freshness.
At Fento they farm as respectfully to nature as possible, they let vegetation grow underneath Pergola trained vines, a system that is traditional to the region. One of Eulogio’s great talents is to bring terroir into the bottle and this is seen in a brilliant background of minerality in all these very well priced wines.