Do Ferreiro - Albarino Rias Baixas 'Cepas Vellas' 2022


Gerardo Méndez of Do Ferreiro was part of the original group of 14 growers who elevated the potential of their region, as he and his father Francisco were integral in forming the original denomination of origin Rías Baixas in 1988. Do Ferreiro was born from incredible raw material and an uncompromising dedication to quality, a legacy that continues today with Gerardo’s son, Manuel, and daughter, Encarna, all working together to craft Do Ferreiro. 

The famed Cepas Vellas Albariño from Do Ferreiro, one of Spain’s iconic white wines capable of long aging and improvement in bottle, is sourced from a single 1.5ha albariño vineyard in front of the winery in the Salnés Valley, planted in 1785. The historic vines are pergola trained and pruned with the Cazenave-Marcon method. Considered by many to be the apex expression of Rías Baixas albariño, Cepas Vellas now stands with the great white wines of the world. Properly cellared, Cepas Vellas is capable of improving for 10 to 20 years. 

Hand-harvested albariño grapes are first destemmed and cold-soaked with the skins for five hours before fermentation. Fermentation with native yeasts from the Cepas Vellas vineyard occurs in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks followed by 11 months aging on the lees without stirring. 

"The 2022 Albariño Cepas Vellas feels quite reductive and difficult to read on the nose. It took time to open up, but the palate showed the depth, balance and clout of the wine from minute one. It's dense and intense, with crystalline purity and great length, leaving a strong rocky sensation like the old vines really feed on the granite. 9,000 bottles were produced. It was bottled in August 2023." - 96 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 

Producer: Do Ferreiro

Country: Spain

Region: Galicia

Varietal: Albariño

Appellation: Rias Baixas

Vintage: 2022

Size: 750ml