Godeval 2019 Godello, Valdeorras, Galicia, Spain
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Godeval 2019 Godello, Valdeorras, Spain
Godeval was founded in 1986 and was the first winery to export Godello to the United States. In the 70’s, a program named RE.VI.VAL (Restructuring of the Vineyards of Valdeorras) was led by Horacio Fernandez Presa, who was also the founder and president of Godeval. During this time, vineyards of the indigenous and almost extinct Godello variety were rescued and replanted. These vineyards would eventually become the 17 hectares of estate plots for Bodegas Godeval. The winery is located in the stunning 12th century monastery of San Miguel of Xagoaza which was renovated and restored in 1988.
- BLEND | 100% Godello
- TERROIR | From selected grapes from estate plots of Godeval – a mix of younger planting and the older vines with an average of 25 years old at an altitude of 500 meters. Pure slate soils.
- VALDEORRAS || The Valdeorras valley is nestled in the highest mountains of the Galicia interior. This area is located in the province of Ourense and is home to just 200 hectares of the Godello variety. Bisected by the Sil River and protected by Galicia’s highest mountains, Valdeorras records both the highest and lowest temperatures in Galicia, together with the lowest rainfall of the area (800-1000mm). These factors, and wide differences between day and night temperatures, guarantee good acidity in the white wines.
- WINEMAKING | Grapes are harvested by hand with fermentation using indigenous yeasts in stainless steel. No malolactic fermentation. Aging in stainless steel for 6 months.
- TASTING NOTES Fresh aromas of citrus and bright herbal notes that continue on the palate with green apple and pit fruit flavors that round out the mineral acidity. Extremely versatile at the table – delightful on its own but proves complementary to a wide array of food, from salads to seafood and beyond.
Wine Club Notes: Oct 2020
Originating from Spain’s northwest Galician region, Godello is a zesty, refreshing white grape that is rarely found outside the Iberian Peninsula. Always acid-driven, concentrated and minerally, it’s a fun grape to branch out to for anyone who loves Albarino or Sauvignon Blanc. In the 1970s, the grape was nearly extinct, with only a few hundred vines left in Galicia. Bodegas Godeval’s founder, Horacio Fernandez Presa, along with fellow winemaker Luis Hidalgo, started a movement to save the grape within the Valdeorras DO, and by the early 80s they had revived the grape. Today, roughly 3,000 acres are planted throughout Galicia!So, if you’re going to try Godello for the first time, there’s no better winery to taste it from than Bodegas Godeval, which Presa founded quite literally just to bottle and showcase the grape. Oh baby, is it gooood!
The 2019 Godello comes from a mix of estate vines, averaging 25 years of age, from elevations varying up to 1,650ft (Galicia is notorious for its steep, winding vineyards). Godeval hand-harvests their grapes and uses only indigenous yeasts for fermentation. This wine didn’t go through malolactic fermentation, helping to maintain bright acidity and bring some balance to the inherently textural grape. The result is very, very yummy—ripe apricot, juicy honey dew notes and night-blooming jasmine all come to mind when this wine rushes across the palate, and the burst of wet slate at the end brings a level of complexity that keeps you going back for more. Enjoy this with some fresh shellfish or grilled artichokes, and of course good company (if you don’t want to drink the whole bottle by yourself).