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Martin Codax - Albarino 2019

White wine from Galicia · Spain
Price: £14.95
Case Rate: £14.95
Ex Tax: £12.46
Country:
Wine Region: Galicia
Wine Area: Rias Baixas DOC
Winery: Martin Codax
Wine Maker: Katia Álvarez
Grape: Albarino
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now
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89 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
Country:
Wine Region: Galicia
Wine Area: Rias Baixas DOC
Winery: Martin Codax
Wine Maker: Katia Álvarez
Grape: Albarino
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now

Wine tasting notes

This wine is pale lemon in colour. The nose is full of ripe fruity notes married with elegant aromas of fresh herbs, green apples, citrus fruit and grapefruit. The palate is refreshing and zesty with great flavour intensity which persists on the long finish.

Winery information

Martin Codax

Martin Codax is a modern and dynamic co-operative, situated to the north of Rias Baixas. It is the largest producer in Galicia and an estate-grown Albarino specialist, conducting ongoing research into the variety. Martin Codax was founded in 1986 by 50 families, led by ninth generation winemaker Luciano Amoedo and has since grown to over 550 members. The co-operative was named Martin Codax after the medieval poet and minstrel who lived in Galicia.

Martin Codax was instrumental in the creation of the Rias Baixas DO in 1988 (the statutes were signed at the winery) and has championed the Albarino variety, now the most widely planted in the region. Luciano Amoedo still heads the winemaking team and has sat on the Wine Tasting Committee of the Rias Baixas DO since it was founded.

There is a large feminine presence at the winery, including enologist Katia Alvarez. Katia followed her degree in viticulture in Santiago de Compostela with two seasons in a Chilean vineyard, before returning to her native Galicia. At Martin Codax, she has the freeD. to experiment with Albarino and is currently looking into extending the variety's shelf life through oak barrel fermentation.

Martin Codax has 420 hectares of vineyard planted with Albarino (13% of the total Rias Baixas DO), with each family holding averaging less than one hectare in size. They are primarily located in the Saln?s Valley, which is particularly suited to the Albarino variety and now represents 70% of its total production. This cool valley sits five kilometres from the sea and benefits from its cooling influence at night, which ensures the fresh, pure aromatics are retained to balance the ripeness and weight derived from the warm days.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2013) - 89 pts

Wine Advocate #216 Jan 2015 - Jay Miller - Next is the winery's flagship, the 2013 Martín Codax, pure Albariño, a textbook example of the appellation, always a reliable label, which might not be terribly exciting but it's always very well crafted and clean with varietal aromas of white flowers and fruit. As many of the more commercial Albariños, it has 3.5 grams of unfermented sugar that helps balance the acidity, with very tasty flavors. A good introduction to Rías Baixas to drink young and fresh.


JancisRobinson.com (2011) - 16 pts

Tasted May 2012 - Has the apricot and peach but not the floral so much. Perhaps that’s a bit mean – this does as much as you could ask for Albariño at the (lower) price. (RH)


Wine Spectator (2014) - 86 pts

Feb 28, 2015 - A smooth texture carries focused flavors of pear, almond and ginger, backed by gentle acidity. A round, generous style.


Wine Enthusiast (2012) - 88 pts

Equal parts lemon blossom, minerality, peach and sea foam drive the nose of this Galician white toward a round, wide-bodied palate. Flavors of oyster shell, saline, nectarine and apple are all proper and pleasant, while saline and minerality control the finish. — M.S. (5/1/2014)


Miscellaneous (2013) - 89 stars

Decantalo - "Color- Straw yellow with lemon coloured reflections. Clean and bright, with some slight bubles showing its youth.Nose - Floral notes like touch-me-nots, jasmin etc., citrus fruit (orange, grapefruit etc) and fleshy white fruit like apples.Flavour - Enwrapping sensation on the palate, with a well integrated acidity and a long retro-olfaction with persistent notes of white and citrus fruit. "

Vinification notes

The grapes were hand harvested, destemmed and then carefully pressed. The wine was then fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel vats at 16-18ºC and underwent partial (60%) malolactic fermentation. It was then rested for four months on its fine lees which gave a smooth, almost creamy texture to the wine.