Our wine of the week takes us to the far north west corner of Spain, to Galicia. This spectacular part of the country consists of beautiful beaches, steep and high mountains and wast plains. It's blessed with an oceanic climate, with rainy winters and spring, and quite dry summers.
Dominio do Bibei is run by Javier Dominguez and was founded back in 1999. It's considered one of the absolute top in the region and produces quality wines from these dramatic vineyards.
The grapes for LaLama are hand harvested in these steep hills, situated 300-700 meters above sea level. The vines are between 18-100 years old and the grape mix is 90% Mencia, 3% Garnacha, 3% Brancellao and 2% Mouraton. The wine is stored 13 months in French oak, 7 months in 45hl casks and 16 months in bottle before release.
It's a fantastic wine both for drinking on its own, but also super versatile with food.
This is a brilliant example of the new style of wines coming out of Spain these days.