Bodegas Castro Martin stands proudly as a family business still managed on a day-to-day basis by the descendants of its original founder. The Martin-Serantes family have been making wine for generations, albeit initially on a comparatively small scale, supplying mainly friends, family and a few local bars.
Over time, Domingo Martin became very frustrated with the variation in quality of many of the local albariños (much of which could be attributed to the old-fashioned wine making techniques), and so decided to build something a little more state-of-the-art. His new, much larger cellar was constructed in 1981, very significantly a full six years before the D.O. of Rias Baixas itself was actually created.
This new winery was the very first in the region to be equipped with stainless steel tanks for vinification and wine storage (which at the time appeared to be something of an extravagance, but have since become the norm in modern winemaking). The original tanks have since been modified to include temperature-controlled cooling jackets and a nitrogen system to optimise wine storage conditions.
Domingo also had the foresight to construct the bodega on three different levels – the top level being the grape reception for harvest, the middle level a pressing room, and the lower level for wine making and tank storage. Owing to this thoughtful construction winemaking requires only the very minimum pumping, allowing grape handling and the movement of must and finished to be carried out with the upmost possible care.
For for details of this wine, see the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.
Castro Martin, Domingo Martin Albarino 2018 - fiche technique
This wine is everything that great Albariño should be. Light, dry and intensely fruity. It will set your tongue tingling with flavours of ripe pear, white peach and spicy acidity. This wine is best enjoyed chilled.