Dominio do Bibei, Lalama Red Ribeira Sacra 2018
Region: Ribeira Sacra, Galicia, Spain
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 85% Mencia 15% Other red varieties
Notes: Vegetarian, Practising Biodynamic, Practising Organic, Vegan
Vibrant, spicy and purple with herbaceous notes and a juicy, palate marked by granitic soil and piquantly spiced. The red fruit takes the upper hand on the strikingly energetic finish. Flavours of highly perfumed fruit and an incredible bouquet of herbs and balsams.
Vines are grown at varying altitudes from 300 to 700 metres, scattered across a large, north-facing hillside with schist and granite soils, flecked with slate, quartz and iron. The vine age varies between 21 and 100 years old and on average produces between 1 and 1.5kg of grapes. The region’s Atlantic climate, with an average annual rainfall of 700mm mostly concentrated in the winter and spring months, helps retain freshness and acidity in the fruit. The summer and autumn are drier, with a large diurnal range.
Since his first vintage in 2001, Javier Dominguez’s Dominio do Bibei has been widely acknowledged as the driving force behind the emergence of quality wines in Spain’s historic Ribeira Sacra. There are far easier places to make wine than in Ribeira Sacra. But Javier Dominguez, along with his consultant winemakers, Priorat’s Sara Pérez and René Barbier, are united in a common belief in this spectacular landscape, its ancient character and, most of all, its capacity to produce Spain’s most distinctive wines.