Terras (Land) Gauda (Happiness) was founded in 1990 by the Fonseca family in the southern-most region of Rías Baixas, O Rosal. Considered to be one of Rías Baixas’ most emblematicwineries, Terras Gauda routinely produces award-winning white wines made solely from estate-grown fruit. Many attribute the estate with being responsible for the advancement anddevelopment of the appellation as a whole, due to its sincere dedication to quality control and preserving the native grape varieties of Galicia.
Unique in character and structure, this wonderfully aromatic wine offers ripe peach, pineapple and orange peel aromas with subtle notes of earthy laurel leaf and mint. Comprising a blend of three varieties indigenous to Rías Baixas, winemaker Emilio Canas feels his Albariño provides fruity, citric notes and roundness on the palate, the Loureiro exhibits soft floral and herbal notes, while the Caíño Blanco provides exotic fruit, structure and uniqueness to this proprietary blend. A wine, that winemaker Emilio Canas describes as being ‘a faithful reflection of a small volume vintage but with excellent maturity and balance’ the 2019 Terras Gauda O Rosal will pair well with a multitude of fish, pasta and poultry-based dishes.
Located on the Atlantic coast, just above Portugal, with a mild, maritime climate and expansive coastline estuaries, Rías Baixas shares the same mineral-rich soils and cool climate as renowned white wine-producing regions, including France’s Loire Valley and the Rhine region of Germany. The O Rosal sub-region with its unique, iron-rich schist soils and closer proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, is known for producing more mineral, quality-driven wines than other parts of the appellation.
The Terras Gauda O Rosal is the estate’s flagship wine and pays homage to the native varieties found in the D.O. Rías Baixas. A unique blend of estate-grown Albariño, Caíño Blanco and Loureiro, each variety plays an important part in the wine’s organoleptic composition. The Albariño and Caíño Blanco grapes come from lower-altitude parcels, which are warmer and more humid with a slightly earlier harvest, producing less acidic and more full-bodied wines. The Loureiro comes from the highest-altitude, driest and coolest vineyards, which have a slower ripening process and produce grapes with more floral notes and richer acidity.
All vines farmed by Terras Gauda are hand-picked and trellised double cordon, instead of the traditional pergola system, to increase the grapes’ natural concentration. After a pre-fermentary cold maceration, each variety is fermented separately in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures, using native yeasts supplied from the estate’s own vineyards. After the completion of alcoholic fermentation, the wine is then aged for 3-4 months sur lees in tank before it is lightly filtered and bottled.
The 2019 vintage in Rías Baixas began with a warmer than average spring that saw significant temperature variations. A generally dry and mild summer experienced only two strong heatwaves, which led into a comfortable and partially dry September. Temperature variations and mild dehydration led to a lower production in 2019 than in previous vintages. Albariño grapes were harvested first, on September 17th and 18th, followed by the Loureiro and Caíño Blanco towards the end of the month. The resulting wines made from the 2019 vintage are complex, intensely aromatic and lively, with great natural concentration.
Varietal Composition: 70% Albariño, 22% Caiño Blanco, 8% Loureiro