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Fedellos Do Couto

Fedellos loosely translates as "Brats", and Couto refers to the 12th century manor in Ribeira Sacra at the heart of the vineyards.

It's a young project, started in 2013 by Luis Taboada (whose family has owned the Couto manor for generations), and winemakers Curro Barreño and Jesús Olivares.

They lease 4 hectares of vineyards which are farmed organically and worked by hand - you couldn't do otherwise on these steep terraces! The vines are planted on terraces along the steep slopes of the rivers Sil and Bibei, with a myriad of grape varieties, altitudes, and expositions.

The wines are fermented with indigenous yeasts and whole bunches, at low temperatures to favour a gentle extraction of colour and phenolics. All the wines share an Atlantic freshness and a slatey minerality that make these wines unmistakably Galician.

  • Lomba Dos Ares
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    Lomba Dos Ares

    $240.00

    $40.00 per bottle | $240.00 case of 6

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    This wine is sourced from an old vineyard on the slopes of the Bibei river, at 750 metres above sea level and planted with a variety of Galician grapes.

    A wine that captures the essence of Ribeira Sacra: a lifted, perfumed nose and plenty of freshness and finesse on the palate.

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  • Conasbrancas 2016
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    Conasbrancas 2016

    $42.00

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    Fedellos’ only white wine is a co-fermented field blend of native varieties from the same vineyard as Lomba dos Ares. The name is a play on Galician language, meaning “Con as brancas”, or “with the whites”. There’s also another joke in there, but it’s less polite so you’ll have to ask the Fedellos personally!

    The nose is saline, with a little spice and hints of pollen and beeswax, while the palate is marked by vibrant acidity and plenty of minerality.

    Easygoing but not underpowered.

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  • Lacazan 2016
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    Lacazan 2016

    $28.00

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    $28.00 single bottle | $336 case of 12

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    Out of the three Peixes cuvées by Fedellos do Couto, Lacazan is the most powerful and textural wine. The Peixes wines are grown and made higher up in Bibei, where the soils are infused with a unique type of granite called mica. 

     Lacazan is a field blend made from mostly Soucon - a native grape to Portugal, as well as Mencía, Mouranton, Grao Negro, Garnacha Tintorera, Bastardo,  Godello, Doña Blanca, and Palomino.

    Complex and intense, Lacazan showcases great high and low tones with some spice and structure. Powerful and tannic, Lacazan has a richness, freshness and wildness to it. 

    Alcohol 13%

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  • Peixes da Estrada 2016
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    Peixes da Estrada 2016

    $201.00

    Peixes da Estrada is a delicious red wine with the soul of a refreshing white. A wide range of indigenous varietals - both red and white - from 800 metres up on the Atlantic’s Vino de España appellation, make up the unique blend used to create this wine.

    Sandy soils infused with orange quartz, mica and granite give Peixes da Estrada its beautiful black fruit and floral aroma. It’s a gorgeous medium-bodied wine you’ll love all year around.

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  • Peixes da Rocha 2016
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    Peixes da Rocha 2016

    $273.00

    Grapes used in Peixes da Rocha come from granitic soils with shales on the cooler outer limits of the Ourense massif. Minimal intervention and maximum respect for the terroir are used when cultivating this captivating wine.

    Hard harvested and made with a blend of Godello, Garnacha, Mouratón, Mencía, and Grao Negro, Peixes da Rocha is an elegant vintage intense on the nose, featuring a mineral background with fresh black fruit and floral notes.

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  • Bastarda 2017
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    Bastarda 2017

    $62.00

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    Fedellos do Couto Bastarda comes from Merenzado vines, about 15-70 years old, and planted on slate soils. Fermentation is carried out with the entire grapes (without destemming them) in stainless steel tanks with their own yeasts and a very gentle maceration. The wine is then decanted into French oak barrels where it stays for 12 months. 

    Fedellos do Couto Bastarda is an elegant and subtle wine, with a perfect symbiosis between lightness and depth.
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  • Cortezada 2016
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    Cortezada 2016

    $219.00

    $34.00 per bottle | $204.00 case of 6

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    The grapes for this wine come from a single vineyard above Sil river.

    A subtle, elegant version of Mencia that is floral and refined. A little peppery, dark cherries, plums, undergrowth and tobacco leaf on the nose.

    On tasting velvety, juicy fruit, sunny warm flavours with bright acidity.

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