Martín Códax was founded in 1986 by a group of winemakers led by 9th-generation winemaker Luciano Amodeo. Today it comprises around 2,400 tiny vineyard parcels managed by 550 families in Rías Baixas. It has become the largest producer in Galicia with 450 hectares of vineyard planted with Albariño, representing 13% of the total Rías Baixas DO – which the cooperative was instrumental in creating (in fact the statutes were signed at the winery) and are estate-grown Albariño specialists, conducting ongoing research into the variety. They named the cooperative after the medieval Galician poet and musician Martín Códax, and the winery has strong links to local art and music.
The Albariño Organistrum is made with grapes that come from a selected plot that faces the south-west and is located at 110m above sea level. The grapes from this vineyard usually ripen earlier than the rest of their plots. The grapes are chosen based on their suitability for ageing in oak barriques.
Fermentation started in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats before finishing in old French oak barrels from Allier, where the malolactic fermentation took place for three months. When this process finished, the wine rested in stainless steel vats again for approximately seven months before bottling. Winemaker Luciano Amoedo decided to use Allier oak in order to keep the main characteristics of the varietal alive, just giving a touch of scented wood to the wine. They only produce 26,000 bottles of Organistrum per year, all of them signed and numbered by Luciano.
Vanilla notes dominate on the nose, along with a floral note, and smokey wood hint from the ageing in barriques. Lemon, grapefruit, and white stone fruits come through on the powerful, full-bodied palate, which has well-balanced acidity and a long finish.