OT: Godeval Godello 2015


Christmas is getting closer and at ‘A Crime is Afoot’s’ household, we are preparing for the coming celebrations. Among the white wines which we will be tasting this year we have chosen this Godello from the D.O. Valdeorras.

  • Winery: Bodega Godeval. S.A.T. Barrio de Xagoaza, s/n 32317 · O Barco de Valdeorras. Ourense (España)
  • Phone: + 34 988 108 282
  • Winemaker: Horacio Fernández Presa
  • Website: http://www.godeval.com/
  • Brand: Godeval Godello 2015
  • DO: Valdeorras
  • Type: Young white wine.  
  • Vintage: 2015 
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Grape Variety: 100% Godello
  • Vineyards: This is a monovarietal of Godello. All the grapes come from the 17 hectares of vineyards owned by S.A.T. Godeval, located on the slates slopes of the Sil Valley. The climate is continental with a strong Atlantic influence. The cultivation of the grapes are exclusively performed by techniques that are respectful to the natural environment. The harvest is completed purely by hand.
  • Soil Type: South-facing slatey soils with gradients.
  • Bottle Size: 75.0 cl.
  • Price: € 7.09 at my local grocery store 
  • My wine rating: 92/100 (A wine of outstanding or superior quality) NEW!

At Bodegas Godeval, housed in the beautifully restored 13th c. San Miguel de Xagoaza Monastery, grapes are de-stalked, cold fermented with inoculated yeasts at 18ºC for around 15 days. The feature Godeval treasures most is the mineral quality drawn from slate soils. They produce some 150,000 bottles of 100% Godello wines. Their Godeval is brilliant yellow with an herbal, lemony nose, a quite full palate and good structure. The Godeval Cepas Vellas is from old vines on the slatey slopes of the Sil river. (Source: Foods & Wines from Spain- Waiting for Godello)


One of the fastest emerging Spanish whites is Godello (pronounced goh – DEH- yoh). The wine has the same name as the grape and is grown in the North West of Spain, with the principle growing areas being Valdeorras and Monterrei in inland Galicia. Godello very nearly went extinct with a mere 880 hectares of the stuff in 2004. (by way of contrast the Rioja DO has around 57,000 hectares of land under vine). Happily it is very much back in vogue with trendy wine makers, such as Telmo Rodriquez, making it currently one of the most fashionable Spanish white wines. Godello wines, at their best, have a lovely minerality, with a nice zippiness in the form of fresh apple and citrus flavours. They are generally unoaked, but there are some oaked examples around. (Source: Go, go Godello – Spain’s fast emerging white grape)

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