Gallina de Piel, a boutique winery
Roca del Crit + Manar dos Seixas
Discovering and trying out new wine labels is an enjoyable activity at any time of the year but during the winter months, and especially during the era of Covid 19 is has almost become a necessity. When choosing a wine label there are many factors at play; starting with the grape, the pedigree of the wine maker, the presentation of the bottle (the actual label itself) and most importantly of all the taste and what it pairs best with. Gallina de Piel is a wine label conceived in Catalonia which for the moment includes 4 varieties, 2 white and 2 red, including Roca del Crit (red) and Manar dos Seixas (white).
The beauty of a small label is the individual attention to the details and the personal story behind the founding and the day-to-day management. In the case of Gallina de Piel the figure where all parts come together is David Seijas Vila who trained as a Sommelier before working at El Bulli and other restaurants. The philosophy behind the label is to introduce quality wines to the public and to make an impression appealing to all the senses. The labels are works of art in their own right, each element of the illustrations refers to an aspect of the elaboration or the geographical location of the grapes’ origins.
Manar dos Seixas 2017
Treixadura 85%. Main variety of the blend, the most important in Ribeiro area. Miño river valley. Vine age 25-30 years. Godello 8%. Valley of Miño. Vine age 25-30 years. lbariño 5%. Valle del Miño. Vine age 25-30 years. Loureiro Blanco 2%. Valle del Miño. Vine age 25-30 years. Pre-fermentation cold maceration. Production in stainless steel tanks of 5000L with double jacket and controlled temperature. Pre-fermentation cold maceration. Production in stainless steel tanks of 5000L with double jacket and controlled temperature. Notes of lemon, peach, Granny Smith apples, Carballiño cane pastry, chamomile and jasmine.
Roca del Crit 2018
Grenache 60%. Mas Marés area. Vine age 13-15 years. Carignan 40%. Rabós area. Vine age 86 years. Grenache is fermented in stainless steel tanks with 10% of whole grapes and aged for 6 months on fine lees. The Carignan ages during 12 months in french oak barrels from Burgundy, 500-700L in size, some new and some used (2nd and 3rd year), medium toasted barrel with untoasted heads. Notes of: Red cherries, blackberries, violets, licorice stick, coffee beans and rosemary. However wine tasting is very personal.
Summelier David Seijas Vila, founder of Gallina de Piel