Terroir: Granitic soil.
Age of the vines : 200 years old vines
Vinification: harvested by hand. Whole Cluster pressing, and after a couple of hours of maceration the wine go straight into barrels. When the alcoholic fermentation is done (it took 4 weeks in 2017), the wine is racked once to separate the rough lees, and then it goes back into the barrels. It's aged for 11 months until the following September when the wine was bottled. No sulfur added during the whole vinification, no temperature control.
Low level of sulfur added at bottling.
Rodrigo Méndez is preserving elements of Galician wine heritage. Although today Rias Biaxas is synonymous with Albariño at one time indigenous red varietals were common, these were mostly ripped out in the 70s. The Méndez family thankfully protected their pockets of old, some seriously old, vines - the age of their Caiño, Espadeiro, and Loureiro vines are between 150-200 years old protected from phylloxera by sandy granitic soils.
Forjas del Salnes whites are produced from Albariño, left to mature fully tempering the puckering malic acids often found in this variety. Windswept by the Atlantic Ocean they are saline, precise with amazing intensity. The reds are bright, spicy and juicy - 'tintos del mar' (reds of the ocean) and deliciously Galicia.