Other names: caíña do freixo (Spain-Galicia), ferrol (Spain-Galicia), espadeiro mole (Portugal).
This is a scarce variety, also called ferrol, and which is only produced in the Ribeiro area, where it is the fifth red variety in terms of production.
Difficult variety, with medium fertility and productivity. The medium-sized clusters are compact and very short. The grapes are uniform, spherical, small in size and blackish-blue in colour. Uncoloured flesh, slightly hard and very juicy. Relatively sensitive to drought and highly sensitive to wind and sun stroke. Good resistance to mildew and low resistance to botrytis and oidium.
It produces fresh, balanced, acidic wines, with a good deal of personality and low alcohol content, which give off intense, penetrating aromas with notes of red berries, strawberries, cherries, aromatic herbs and spices. As it is common in the Ribeiro area, it is usually used as a compliment to other native varieties, such as merenzao and brancellao, but it is suitable for single-varietal wines.