Alma Atlántica means 'Atlantic Soul' in English and is inspired by wines made in proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Although we have two semi-aromatic whites coming from different regions, the aim of Alma Atlántica is to create fresh and lively whites with lots of personality and boldness of flavour. The Mara Martin Godello comes from DO Monterrei (meaning king's mountain) and is further inland in comparison to DO Rías Baixas. It is warmer here, but still sees some Atlantic influence, with the average rainfall at 683mm per year.
The vines are grown on the sides of the valleys around the river Tamega, at between 400-450m above sea level. The climate here is temperate Mediterranean, influenced by the Altantic ocean. Soils are a mixture of granite, slate, clay and sand.
2016 surpassed expectations, having started with rain and potential issues with mildew during flowering, it improved with spectacular weather in August. Hot, sunny days allowed grapes to ripen well and a healthy harvest was produced.
The grapes were hand-picked into 20 kilogram crates, destemmed, crushed and pressed. The must was settled for 24-36 hours. Alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at 16-18ºC for 15 days. The wine was aged for two months on its lees before bottling to give it a full and complex mouthfeel.
Clean and vivid straw-yellow colour. Typical aromas of hay, apple and pear predominate with intense notes of wild flowers and subtle nuances of lime citrus and these notes continue through to the palate. The wine is good definition, depth and structure that are derived from lees contact. The finish is long and lingering.