The Romans were the last to use the variety of the country
Early tests suggest that the wines retain their quality
"The wood masks and respected wine grape," says a winemaker
In Galicia there are about 200,000 hectares of carballeiras
We will have to wait until 2011 to see the first really reliable data, to be obtained by making a comparison between the 2009 and 2010 crops, although there are some notes that glimpses of a bright future. Today is bottling the contents of a barrel in Valdeorras, the region that brings together the largest area of vineyards in Galicia, and in the tasting intermediate levels were observed "very adequate" to alcohol, the same as in the amount of volatile. Also found an aspect "essential" means wood Galician wine brought him a lot of tannins, a chemical compound found only in certain woods-going "very well" for these wines.
"Wine promises," said Fernando Gonzalez made after tasting this week in his cellar Ribeira Sacra. Pending that will make the decisive tasting, when the wine sit for a while in the glass, the director of research, Professor Diaz-Maroto, and dares to launch a conclusion: "The country has no oak nothing to envy the famous American or French oak. "
Also observed differences in the results obtained Valdeorras wine or Ribeira Sacra, since in the first case the experiment chose a medium roast, while Algueira not resort to wood contact with the smoke. This is another of the data to help determine whether your specific needs Galician mencía a medium roast or light. Although the winemaker Fernando Gonzalez contends that the investigation will be "long and complex", reveals that, "the moment the wooden masks no wine at all and is very respectful of the grape itself."
If the results confirm the suitability for viticulture carballo, Galicia Gonzalez predicts that may be facing one of the "big" economic events of the last 100 years through a transformation timber he was "asleep". "A barrel is priced important to get an idea, when in France there is a clearing for barrels is a tax inspector cubing the final product," he explained.
However, the researchers want to try other varieties of wood and therefore are planning to use in next harvest, chestnut and oak cerquiño, a quite different mode oak country, located in southern Galicia and never before been used for another purpose other than the acquisition of wood or charcoal.
The researchers aim to renew funding of the Interministerial Commission for Science and Technology to continue working for three more years and are convinced that the end Galician mencía envasándose in oak barrels made from the country to meet the foreign traditional wooden vessels.
In Galicia, says Professor Díaz-Maroto, there are about 200,000 hectares of native oak and wood has been used in the manufacture of containers for transporting wine, but never for vintage wines, a practice that researchers now hope to change.