Mausiño

Our attempt to recover an almost extinct variety

Ratiño?

Ratiño is a little-known native variety of grape which is almost exclusively found in the Alto Salnés region. It has no genetic coincidence with any other identified varietal.

There aren’t any vineyards of it as such, just the odd centenarian, pre-phylloxera vine. Some of the landowners link their planting with the construction of the adjacent houses, back in the 18th Century.

These vines are found on acidic granite ground with large volumes of superficial organic material. The traditional pruning and vertical training are reflections of the centuries-old winemaking tradition of Alto Salnés.

In our desire to champion native species, we work on studying, recovering and making wine from this unique varietal.

Intense and complex, freshness and mineral notes with balsams. A reflection of the terroir.

Mausiño

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Origin

Experimental. Not covered by the D.O.

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Territory

Barro, Pontevedra, Galicia (Spain)

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Vineyards

Centenarian, pre-phylloxera vines

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Type

White

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Ageing

9 months on the lees in steel tank

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Proof

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Ratiño

Experiments

Questions

Vineyards

  • Dating back to centenarian, pre-phylloxera vines, grown sporadically in small, family plots in the Barro municipality, these vines have been cared for over generations.
  • Traditional pergola-trained vines, late pruning and integrated cultivation. Very low product yield due to the age of the vines.

Vinification

  • Harvested in late September at the moment of perfect ripeness.
  • Destemmed and pressed.
  • Racked heavy lees off when settled.
  • Alcoholic fermentation for 15 days using the yeast from the grapes at a controlled temperature.
  • Aged in tank on fine lees with battonage for 2 months.
  • Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in Spring.
  • Not clarified or stabilised prior to bottling in mid-summer.

Pairing:

Ideal to accompany all types of:

  • Seafood
  • Blue fish
  • Galician octopus
  • Full-fat cheese
  • White meat

A commitment to the recovery of the Ratiño variety of grape in collaboration with the Misión Biológica de Galicia [Galician Biological Mission] with the aim of achieving its legalisation and to continue its use in winemaking for future generations.

Tasting notes

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Appearance

Clean and brilliant. Straw yellow with traces of olive. Strong, persistent legs.

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Aroma

Intense and complex with nut notes and a mix of fresh herbs over balsam, toasted notes and strong minerals.

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Taste

Balanced, rounded and strong in the mouth. Full of subtlety and hints of minerals and spices. Long, lasting and aromatic finish.

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