2018 Gaba do Xil, Godello, Telmo Rodríguez, Valdeorras, Spain

2018 Gaba do Xil, Godello, Telmo Rodríguez, Valdeorras, Spain

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2018 Gaba do Xil, Godello, Telmo Rodríguez, Valdeorras, Spain

Description

This wine is made from 100% Godello in Galicia in northwest Spain. It is vibrant, yet effortlessly elegant. The nose displays zesty citrus notes of lemon and pink grapefruit alongside a hint of green apple and dried thyme. Its acidity is fresh – thanks to the vines’ altitude of around 500 metres above sea-level – which works well with a fairly generous mouth-feel (thanks to four months on lees). In our opinion, what really makes this Godello stand apart is its cool, refreshing, mineral core which lasts long into the finish – perhaps a result of the slate bedrock on which the vines grow. Enjoy this with limey fish tacos, fennel-based dishes or simply as an apéritif. 
Lucy Bland, Buying Assistant (August 2019)
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Telmo Rodriguez

Telmo Rodriguez

Telmo Rodriguez is one of the greatest of Spanish winemakers. In a fashion not dissimilar to Alavaro Palacios, Telmo travelled and learnt for many years before returning home to Rioja, where he has improved yet further the quality of a wine that was already outstanding. In addition he supervises négociant projects throughout Spain. One of his most acclaimed projects is in Ribera del Duero.

The charismatic Telmo has something of the prodigal about him, having now returned to his Riojan homestead to energise the great house of Remelluri. One should not overlook, however, his other properties, which explore some of the lesser known areas of Spain and in each case seek to make superlative and characterful wines. Ribera del Duero is, of course, far from a lesser-known area, so it is to Telmo’s great credit, but to no–one’s particular surprise, that the wines he makes at Matallana are amongst the very best here too.

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Godello

Godello

Godello is a white grape variety primarily found in northwest Spain and northern Portugal. The grape is capable of producing very fine white wines, and it is in the Valdeorras region that its greatest successes are seen, leading to a steady increase in plantings there. Bodegas Rafael Palacios (managed by the brother of Spain’s leading winemaker Alvaro Palacios) has been the driving force behind the revival of the grape.

In Jancis Robinson MW words' "Godello combines the structure of white burgundy with the finesse of a juicily mineral grape".

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