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Characteristics of Castro Candaz La Vertical
Castro Candaz La Vertical is a white wine from the D.O. Ribeira Sacra produced by Raúl Pérez Bodegas y Viñedos. This wine is made using only Godello (100%) grapes. Castro Candaz La Vertical was conceived as an idea by Raúl Pérez. Pérez, who started his career in El Bierzo, was launched to fame when the 2005 vintage of his wine Ultreia de Valtuille, which was produced by the winery Castro Ventosa, obtained 98 Parker Points. A hard worker and creative mind, Pérez has undertaken projects that are recognised throughout the world. Among them, the collection Castro Candaz in the D.O. Ribeira Sacra, a collaboration with another prominent winemaker and friend, Rodrigo Mendez.
Cultivated in the municipality of Chantada, the grapes used to make Castro Candaz La Vertical are grown on steep slopes on predominantly sandy soils. The local climate receives strong Atlantic influences, even the areas near the riverbeds have moderately warmer temperatures.
After the harvest has been carried out and the grapes are transported to the winery, the grapes used for Castro Candaz La Vertical undergo the fermentation process. The various phases of the winemaking process are carried out using traditional methods. Castro Candaz La Vertical the ages in French oak barrels before being bottled and placed onto the market.
The DO Ribeira Sacra is a region that perhaps paints one of the best pictures of heroic viticulture, having even been awarded recognition by CERVIM, the awarding body for this style of viticulture. The term ‘heroic viticulture’ refers to viticulture in areas that have a topography and soil conditions that complicate the work in the vineyards and make cultivating the vines and harvest a challenge. The region is home to an Atlantic climate, rivers as thermoregulatory agents, low rainfall, slate-schistose and granite soils, small sized plots and vineyards grown on steep slopes. The result is excellent wines with great personalities that truly express the dramatic and exciting nature of the landscape.