Fedellos Do Couto Bastarda 2018
26.80€ (Inc. VAT bot. 75 cl.)
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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2017 Bastarda contains some 15% Brancellao and Caíño, as they had a terrible frost and lost a lot of grapes, so they had to make up for it with other varieties. The wine fermented with full clusters and matured in used 300- and 500-liter French oak barrels for seven months. It's possibly the wine that has suffered more from the bottling, and it feels a bit shy and dizzy. It's a finicky grape, delicate and ethereal, quite closed and little compressed the day I tasted it. I also wonder if the percentage of the other grapes somehow changed the wine, which feels different from the 2016. In isolation, it would be very good, but it suffers in the side-to-side comparison with the 2016. The palate is more austere, with more tannins, a little in the style of Lomba dos Ares from this year. It made me hesitate a bit, and I tasted from two bottles. 5,000 bottles were filled in June 2018.
Between 14ºC and 16ºC
Aged for 12 months in old French oak barrels.