O Poulo comes from an old vineyard on clay soils in Larouco that Nacho has been renting since 2014, with ancient, low-yielding vines. The vineyard (Viña do O Poulo) is on clay soils planted to Garnacha Tintorera with a little Palomino at the far end. The grapes are hand-harvested and destemmed, fermented with their skins in open-top plastic fermenters for about 20 days without temperature control. As fermentation proceeds, Nacho gradually removes the skins until just the must remains about half-way through. Fermentation completed, the wine is pressed to stainless steel tank to rest before being bottled without fining, filtration or added SO2.
Nacho is a natural winegrower working 3 small, old-vine plots (1.5ha total) around the town of Larouco, located in the Valdeorras wine region (although Nacho chooses to work outside the DO, as his non‐interventionist approach and subsequent wines do not fit the more conventional Valdeorras offerings). The age of his vines range from 40 to 70 years old, with the oldest of his holdings coming from his grandmother. His approach to farming is to treat the vineyard as an ecosystem – allowing growth between the vines, the use of some biodynamic practices, and planting cover crops to help with disease pressure and pests. Fermentations are in clay vessels or open-top barrels with whole grape clusters, and elevage is in old French oak, with no racking or clarifying, and only a touch of sulfur added at bottling if needed. The resulting wines are pure, gripping, unadulterated expressions of old-vine Valdeorras terroir.
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