Fly Fishing

 

Nothing much to do with wine, but Fly Fishing is a grapecircus passion. #justsaying

 

The Catch
The Flies
The Patience

Dominio del Urogallo

The steep, rugged slopes and cool climate makes grape-growing more difficult in Asturias than in most other parts of Spain. Despite these challenges, Nicolas Marcos crafts unique, expressive wines using native varieties that capture the soul of this landscape.

‘La Fanfarria’ Blanco

A blend of 70% albarin blanco and 30% albillo, fermented in stainless steel with native yeasts. Spends about 14 months on lees in neutral oak. Bottled unfiltered and without added sulphites.

The aromas are quietly elegant, with subtle hints of almond and white blossom, but on the palate there are masses of texture – a creamy, rounded mouthfeel with silica-like minerality and a savoury, saline finish. Just begging for a bowl of garlicky clams…

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‘La Fanfarria’ Tinto

A vibrant blend of mencia and albarin tinto sourced from steep hillside vineyards. Fully destemmed and fermented on indigenous yeasts in stainless steel. Aged 6 months in a combination of neutral French oak and stainless steel.

Bright, juicy red and black fruits pop out, then mencia’s tannins introduce themselves. The balance of fruit and tension is quite lovely and will keep you coming back for more. A great introduction to the wines of Asturias.

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‘Pésico’ Tinto

This wild, rugged beast is a blend of albarin tinto, mencia, carrasquin and verdejo tinto. Fermented with native yeasts and aged for almost two years in large neutral oak barrels.

Masses of bold fruit of the forest flavours are underlined by hints of mushroom, a rustic, earthy bent and plenty of structure. It’s unmistakeably Spanish, but with a character all its own.

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Dominio del Urogallo

Asturias, on Spain’s northern coast, might be better known for cider and fabada, but it has a winemaking history dating from the Middle Ages. Its steep, rugged slopes and predominance of slate soils call to mind Germany’s Mosel Valley, and the cool climate makes grape-growing more difficult than in most other parts of Spain.

Despite these challenges, Nicolas Marcos left his native Toro to establish Dominio del Urogallo. His vineyards are planted to local varieties albarin blanco, albillo, albarin tinto, carrasquin, mencia and verdejo tinto (aka trousseau), and include vines over 120 years old. He forgoes all chemical treatments and works biodynamically in order to express the soul of this beautiful landscape.