I love this wine, which hails from the north west of Spain, in a small Galician region called Ribeiro. It’s made from some unfamiliar varieties, but Jancis, Julia and Jose’s book (Wine Grapes) has helped me out. First we have Sousón, which is the same as Vinhão or Sousão, a variety popular in the Douro and Vinho Verde. It produces wonderfully deep coloured wines. Then we have Caiño, which is Borraça from Vinho Verde, and is known for its thick skins. Finally, Brancellao, which is known in Portugal as Alvarelhão. It was a popular grape in the Douro, known for high quality, but now there’s just 67 hectares left in Portugal and 17 in Spain. It’s a component of Yarra Yering Dry Red No 3 from the Yarra Valley.
Sameirás Tinto 2011 Ribeiro, Spain
A blend of Sousón, Caiño Tinto and Brancellao from Galicia in Spain. Sweet, fresh cherry and berry fruits dominate this wine, which is really pure with hints of pepper. It’s bright and focused with a nice savoury twist and hints of sappiness. Lively, fresh and delicious. Not at all rustic or heavy. 91/100
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