Emilio Rojo, Ribeiro, Spain, 2015
(at Decanter's March 2018 issue Galician Whites Panel Tasting, 20 Nov 2017)
Drinking Window: 2018 - 2024
Emilio Rojo left his engineering job at Siemens to pursue winemaking back in his native Galicia in 1987. He farms 4,200 vines on just 1.5ha of steep, north-facing vineyards around the town of Ibedo and limits bunches to about six per vine to boost concentration. The wine is 75% Treixadura blended with small amounts of Loureiro, Albariño, Lado, Torrontés and Godello. Only 5,000 bottles are made each year. Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW: A wonder of discretion and personality – an impossible complexity and an unusual pleasure. This is a unique, distinctive wine that sings of its origin. Great! Sarah Jane Evans MW: Vivid and fresh, with ripples of pure, zesty passion fruit acidity. Lively, long and characterful. Quite unique. Beth Willard: Lively saline nose leading to a fleshy concentrated palate lifted by exuberant acidity. White pepper and sherbet finish. Elegant.