Without a doubt a boutique winery, Bodegas Fulcro is a project with teeny tiny production volumes in the windswept Rias Baixas region of northern Spain. Winemaker Manuel grows his vines on just seven acres of land, and vinifies the wines in his grandfather’s garage. Manuel (or ‘Chicho’, as he is know) started the project officially in 2009, after many years of his family only making wine for personal consumption.
This Albarino comes from a single vineyard of 40 year old vines. Grown on granitic, quartz, and sandy soils, the wine is mostly made in stainless steel for freshness, with around 20% of the wine aged in old barrels on the lees for texture and complexity. Albarino is a grape variety that has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, with some excellent examples worth seeking out.