The Rías Baixas region sits in the north of Spain. The predominate grape in this region is Albariño. Within this one relatively small region there are 5 distinct sub-zones. Today I’ll look at a wine from the O Rosal zone which borders the north of Portugal. The Bodegas Terras Gauda 2012 Terras Gauda O Rosal was produced from estate grown fruit. The estate sits on the banks of the Miño River within the Rias Baixas appellation in Galacia Spain. This offering is a blend of three indigenous varietals; Albariño (70%), Loureiro (18%), and Caiño Blanco (12%). Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, utilizing native yeasts. Approximately 1 million cases of this offering were produced and it has a suggested retail price of $24.
Peach aromas dominate the welcoming nose of this wine with bits of crème fraiche peeking thru as well. The palate is loaded with tropical fruit flavors such as mango and papaya. Guava and pear characteristics are in play here as well in a supporting role. Lemon ice, white pepper and a bit of nutmeg all emerge on the finish which has excellent length. Terras Gauda O Rosal shows off Racy acidity and a crisp, clean final impression.
This is an intense, complex white with loads of appealing flavors and layers to consider. For it’s price category it represents an excellent value as it over delivers on complexity, length, charm and overall drinkability factor. Terras Gauda O Rosal is an excellent choice for a summer dinner party if you want to impress your white wine loving friends. And with a million cases produced it should be easy to find. Terras Gauda also makes a varietal Albariño in smaller, but still substantial quantities.