Some brilliant Terras Gauda wines from Rías Baixas, Spain

Very enthusiastic about the white wines from Terras Gauda, a producer in Spain’s  Rías Baixas region, in the north west of the country, adjoining Portugal’s Minho. They’re so nicely judged. Unfortunately the reds from this producer, under the brand name Pitaccum, suffer the Spanish disease of an elevage that involves too much oak, for too long.

Terras Gauda O Rosal 2011 Rías Baixas, Spain
70% Albariño, 20% Loureiro, 10% Caiño, fermented in stainless steel. Fine, fresh, aromatic and expressive with aromas of honeysuckle, white peach and citrus peel. The palate is lively and mineral; almost spicy, with good acidity and taut citrus fruit. Lovely precision here. 92/100

Terras Gauda Abadia de San Campo Albariño 2011 Rías Baixas, Spain
Fermented in stainless steel. Aromatic, open  nose shows citrus, pineapple and pear fruit. Quite forward. The palate is full and ripe with nice fruity character (citrus, pear, melon) and a pure, fresh personality. 90/100

Terras Gauda ‘La Mar’ 2010 Rías Baixas, Spain
This is 80% Caiño Branco. Tight and fruit driven with notes of herb and citrus pith, as well as some melon fruit. Concentrated flavours with good acidity. Lovely aromatic notes of honey, citrus and melon. Complex, taut and powerful. This is a fabulous wine that really needs time in the glass to open out. 93/100

Pittacum ‘Aurea’ 2007 Bierzo, Spain
This is 100% Mencía, from century old vines, aged for 14 months in French oak. Rich, ripe, quite lush and creamy with noticeable oak influence. There’s nice fresh cherry and blackberry fruit here but also more lush, ripe, almost hammy characters and some grippy tannins. Too much time in too much oak? 88/100

Pittacum 2007 Bierzo, Spain
Mencía from 50–80 year old vines, with 8 months in French and American oak. Vivid, intense, bright black cherry and blackberry fruit nose. Vivid and intense with some subtle tarry notes. Nicely intense with good definition. The ripe black fruits are tempered by fresh acidity and tannic bite. 90/100

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4 comments to Some brilliant Terras Gauda wines from Rías Baixas, Spain

  • Nice one.These guys make truly great white wine…..I can highly recommend sitting underneath “una parra”(shady hanging grapevine) in the typical Galician house on a hot summers day and sipping one of their whites. I did it some years ago and I can still remember the sensation.I will have to go back up there!

  • Bob Parsons

    Jamie, I try to buy each new vintage of the whites when they arrive here.

  • TJL

    The O Rosal 2010 is being sold at CostCo for just over £11.

  • Mayu

    We had La Mar 2010 with some excellent Japanese tapas, such as fresh sea food from Galicia, lobster, and tataki of Wagyu beef etc..The wine accompanied with all the tapas. An excellent Spanish white for me.

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