Awarded 89 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2018 edition review of Galician Whites; (see blue link below).
Terras Gauda La Mar RB 2015 - March 2018 Decanter review
This is a grape known for its rarity, as it is the least productive of the white Galician varieties. The Caíño is a long cycle, late ripening grape. It is the last to be harvested in the season, when there is a high risk of rain. It is a very delicate grape, with its sensitivity to mildew requiring interventions such as defoliation or green pruning - these help prevent diseases and give good and balanced ripening.
The most distinctive virtue of the Caíño variety that makes it unique is thee way that it expresses the characteristics of its terroir effortlessly.
Because of its high skin percentage, the Caíño grape undergoes a longer cold maceration process to extract the aromas to full advantage. After the fermentation process It’s then left to settle at low temperature until it is bottled and continues to age.
The first impression of La Mar’s evocative, clean tropical aromas with their predominant ripe pineapple, persimmon aromas and a suggestive hint of lychee is initially surprising. Given the Caiño variety’s ability to extract the finest characteristics from the terroir, this first impression is accompanied by a remarkable minerality with subtle earthy notes in nose and retronasal aromas. This aromatic sensation is based on the faint hints of aromatic herbs and ripe melon, layered over a creamy, enveloping background of fine lees.
This wine does not require decanting, although we do recommend letting it breathe for a while before tasting.
Its high acidity makes it a perfect pairing for fish and seafood, but the powerful body and volume enlarges its pairing range to stews or roasted meats, and special or slightly spicy hot dishes.