|2021||GP205B21||6 x 75||Natural Cork||Not Yet Available|
Gallina de Piel is an exciting winemaking project from David Seijas, the former Head Sommelier at three-Michelin-starred restaurant El Bulli. David’s aim is to create versatile wines from Spain’s gastronomic northern regions: Catalonia, Aragon and Galicia. He works with local growers, selecting the best vineyards and indigenous grape varieties to create wines with an emphasis on elegance and freshness.
‘Ikigall’ is an aromatic, organic white blend of Xarel-lo, Malvasia de Sitges and Muscat from Penedès. It is fermented in stainless steel and spends four months on fine lees. This is a fragrant wine with subtle orange blossom and fennel accents, offset by a crisp, saline palate. ‘Mimetic’ comes from 40 to 80-year-old Garnacha vines grown on deep, red clay soils with large surface pebbles in Aragon’s Calatayud appellation. This arid, desert landscape sits at 750 – 1,000 metres above sea level. The hot continental climate here is tempered by cool nights which help to retain a refreshing acidity in the grapes. The wine is aged in concrete for six months. It is a bright, juicy Garnacha with lively freshness. ‘Roca del Crit’, which means ‘the screaming rock’, is a nod to the small, hidden cliff behind El Bulli where the sommeliers would go to let off steam after a hard day’s shift. This wine is a blend of Cariñena and Garnacha and from two areas in the Empordà appellation on the Spanish/French border. The 85-year-old Cariñena vines are grown on the mountainous slate soils of Rabós further inland. The Garnacha comes from the rugged, coastal Cap de Creus where it grows on predominately granite soils. The Cariñena spends 10 months in 500 litre second and third use barrels, while the Garnacha is fermented in stainless steel. It displays bright red and black cherry, blackberry and herbal inflections with a gentle balance of spice from the oak. ‘Manar dos Seixas’, from Ribeiro in Galicia, is a blend of local varieties: Treixadura, Albariño, Godello and Loureiro. Grown in the Miño river valley, the vines experience the cooling influence of the Atlantic, morning fog and valley breezes, which promotes slow ripening and concentrated aromatics of peach and chamomile. The wine is unoaked and aged on the fine lees for 6 to 8 months to add a supple roundness on the mid-palate.
David has also been working on a project based in Tenerife. `Mazapé` 2020, a blend of local white grape varieties: Gual and Vijariego Blanco, is the second vintage produced. The vines are planted on volcanic soils at 160 meters above sea level, which lends an elegant minerality to the wine. The Gual is aged in concrete eggs for 4 months, while the Vijariego Blanco is fermented and aged in French oak barrels. Gual brings a distinctive, smoky complexity to the nose, and the Vijariego Blanco adds fresh nuances of pear, citrus peel, and fennel.
The fruit for this wine is sourced from Ribeiro, in Galicia. The region is divided by three main valleys, carved out by the rivers Miño, Avia and Arnoia. The vineyards are located in the Miño river valley, where the variety of aspects and altitudes allows for the production of high quality grapes. The fruit here is particularly concentrated thanks to the slow ripening promoted by the cooling influence of the river, along with morning fog and valley breezes. Soils in the vineyards are sandy loam with pink granite bedrock, here known as 'Porriño'. Vines are between 25 to 30 years old on average. All these elements give the resulting wine an elegant and aromatic profile.
The 2021 vintage was unusual. May and June saw record temperatures reaching over 30°C in June. This caused an advance in the sprouting and flowering of the vine. This heat did not continue into the summer. July and August had unstable low temperatures, and rain almost weekly. These heavy rains caused a delay in the vegetative cycle, but the vintage was restored when a very mild September allowed a delay in harvest date, in order for the grapes to obtain a good level of maturation.
The grapes underwent a cold maceration before being fermented, to promote textural and aromatic complexity. Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Unoaked, this wine was aged on its fine lees for 6 to 8 months before release, imparting a savoury complexity and roundness on the mid-palate.
Tasting Notes & Technical Details
Fresh and aromatic on the nose, this wine opens with notes of lemon, Granny Smith apples and chamomile. Trexiadura lends wonderful weight and pithy texture on the palate, which is balanced by nervy acidity and impressive length.