"Natalia Rodriguez is one of the most focused producers of Albariño in all of Galicia, as well as a trailblazer. Bodegas Corisca was founded in 2006 and certified organic in 2010, the first in Rías Baixas. Before establishing Corisca, Natalia’s father José Maria (who is 82 years old and still goes to the vineyard every day) sold his grapes to neighbors in the Condado do Tea, the southernmost subzone of Rías Baixas where Galicia meets Portugal.
The Atlantic coast of Galicia is a seriously difficult place to farm organically, and Natalia is keen to point out that it is always a challenge despite the slightly drier, more inland zone where she farms (relative to literally coastal vineyards, where organic farming is often not possible at all). Work in the vineyards is rigorous and natural, incorporating sheep manure and maintaining year-round cover crops, with fortifying applications of Natalia’s homemade infusions of comfrey, willow, and garlic, in addition to standard topical copper and sulfur treatments. All of this effort is in the pursuit of perfecting the balance of one wine, Corisca Albariño, made from two vineyards in Tui: her father’s beloved "Finca Muiño", where 35-year-old Albariño vines sprawl overhead in the traditional parral system, in addition to a vineyard planted in 2010 next to the winery.
In the winery, vinification is simple and unobtrusive. The grapes are destemmed and pressed with a pneumatic press, after which the must undergoes a cold settling. Native yeast fermentation with pied de cuve lasts 1-2 months, and the wine remains on the finest lees for a minimum of 3 months, after which the tanks are blended and bottled to order." - MFW Wine Co.