A blend of the indigenous varieties Godello (75%), Albariño (25%) and Doña Blanca (5%), the grapes come from young and centenary vines planted in plots with different sun exposures. The vineyards are located at altitudes between 400 and 750 metres above sea level.
Manually harvested in little, 10-kilogram boxes, the grapes were selected at the vineyard and in the cellar.
Fermentation took place in 60% used oak barrels, and 40% oak vats & concrete deposits. After 15 days resting on its lees, and without undergoing malolactic fermentation, 85% of this white wine from Ribeira Sacra was aged for 11 months in French, Austrian and German oak barrels, while the rest was aged in the concrete deposits. Then Lapola 2016 was aged for 18 months in the bottle.
This Galician white wine was not fined before its bottling. Decant or aerate 30 minutes before drinking.
Drink through 2026.
The white wine Lapola has a bright, straw yellow colour with some greyish tinges and some golden glints.
Intriguing and complex, Lapola from Ribeira Sacra shows an admirable aromatic balance. White flowers, yellow fruit, delicate toasted notes, touches of sweet spices, notions of wet earth, bitter herbs and a mineral, flint-like background.
Rich notes of white fruit and citrus, nuanced by enticing notions of honey, baked apples, wormwood, aromatic herbs, and wet leaves. There is an underlying layer of toast, and some salty touches and spices. This white wine by Dominio do Bibei has a long, slightly bitter finish.
|Our personal opinion||
A confidential, terroir-bound wine with real potential for improvement, Lapola 2016 proves that Ribeira Sacra is a land of great white wines too.
Godello, Albariño, Doña Blanca, Loureiro and Torrontés. Enterwine 94. Parker 92.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||20 minutes before serving|
|Type of ageing||Months in distinct containers|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||11|
|Percentage of variety||Godello 75%, Albariño 20%, Doña Blanca 5%.|
|Pairings||Baked whitefish, Boullabaise, Caviar, Cod, Cow´s cheese, Curred fish, Foie Gras, Grilled fish, Oysters, Poultry, Rice with fish, Roasted fish, Smoked foods, Soup and rice, Stew|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Fresh and dry, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you can, Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Romantic Dinner|