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Martin Codax Lías Albariño DO Rías Baixas

Rías Baixas, Galicia & North West

Martín Códax

Martín Códax is the largest producer in Galicia with 450 hectares of vineyard planted with Albariño, which represents 13% of the total Rías Baixas DO...

The co-operative was founded in 1986 by a group of winemakers led by ninth generation winemaker Luciano Amoedo and currently comprises 2,400 tiny vineyard parcels individually managed by 550 families. Martín Códax was instrumental in the creation of the Rías Baixas DO in 1988 (in fact the statutes were signed at the winery) and are estate-grown Albariño specialists, conducting ongoing research into the variety.

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Fruit for the Lías Albariño is grown on a 13 hectare single vineyard called Pé Redondo. The well drained soils here are a combination of rocky granite and sand. Vines are trained on trellises.

Vintage information

Adverse weather in the early growing period challenged growers in coastal Rías Baixas: March was dry and warm; April was humid, cold and generally changeable then June brought lower temperatures than usual and a lot of rain which resulted in widespread coulure or fruit shatter. Conditions improved from that point onwards to maximise the potential of the final yield. Harvest took place a little later than usual as expert growers held out for quality if not quantity. A comparatively low yield is compensated by very structured and balanced wines because of the small crop and good weather at the final stages of ripening.


Fruit for this wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks at 17ºC. The wine aged on its fine lees for 12 months, with battonage taking place for the first two months to add a unique silkiness and mouthfeel to this Albariño.

Tasting Notes

Vivid straw-yellow, with intense aromatics of ripe orchard fruit, white peaches and notes of yeast, vanilla and fresh bread. The palate has surprising weight, with fresh fruit balancing the creamy mouthfeel, and warm brioche flavours on the long finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Albariño
Region Rías Baixas, Galicia & North West
Winemaker Luciano Amoedo & Katia Álvarez
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 6.4g/l
Residual Sugar 1.5g/l
Wine pH 3.3