Gaba do Xil Godello 2019
In 2002, Telmo Rodríguez bought the historic A Falcoiera vineyard in Santa Cruz, Ourense. The old people in the town remembered this long-abandoned vineyard as being one of Galicia’s very best, and he wanted to restore it to its former glory. This project to revive plots that been deserted since Phylloxera tore through them, gave birth to Ladieras do Xil in Valdeorras (the “Valley of Gold”). From the 23 hectares of stubborn and difficult vineyards that they resurrected, comes Gaba do Xil. Xil is the ancient name for the Sil river that flows through the region. It has many tributaries, so to get between the terraced vineyards on the steep slate hillsides, you must cross many bridges, hence the label.
The white version of Gaba do Xil is pure Godello from the interior of Galicia. Fermented using native yeasts and matured on the lees for four months, it’s a fresh and aromatic white that buzzes with bay leaf, wildflower meadows, peach sorbet, green apple, pear, lemon, balsamic and crystallised ginger. We love this because it offers something a little different from the ubiquitous Albariño that Galicia is so famous for. Crisp and slinky, this is definitely one for the intrepid wine explorer.
Telmo Rodríguez is one of Spain’s brightest stars and possibly one of the country’s greatest winemakers. In a similar story to one of Spain’s other greats, Álvaro Palacios, Telmo Rodríguez grew up at a renowned Rioja house, but went travelling in search of something more. Although he returned to Remelluri and re-energised this great house, it’s his work in Spain’s lesser-known regions that we love him for. For three decades, he and his business partner, Pablo Eguzkiza, have been rediscovering and revamping historic areas throughout the country, including Navarra, Valdeorras, Cebreros, Toro, Rueda, Málaga and many more.
£2.66 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3617366
Style No.: 863063
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