Spain, Valdeorras, White wines

Avanthia Godello 2008

Winemaker: Amy Hopkinson
Grape: 100 % Godello
Region: Valdeorras, Spain

W/S 90 points
W/A 90 points
IWC 90 points

The first vintage of new wine project of Jorge Ordoñez with Miguel and Angel Gil of Jumilla really excited me! Godello, Spanish grape that I believe only grows in the hills of Galicia, is nothing like I ever tasted before. Cross somewhere between Chard/Riesling/Albariño – with sexy body and curves, combined with fruitiness and crispiness of Sauvignon Blanc.

Quite exceptional!There is a nice story printed right on the back label of the bottle – that explains a lot about this wine:”High above this sleepy valley, which has witnessed millennia of civilizations from ancient Celtic outpost to a 13th century monastery to the present day Bodega Avanthia lie the slate covered vineyards. The 35 years old vines are grafted from centenary gnarled Godello vines, planted by monks, but now resides in the courtyard of the present day winery. Carrying on the tradition into the new millennium, Bodegas Avanthia is pleased to offer you their finest Godello. ”

The grapes for this wine came from two (about 35 years old) vineyards, planted on the hillsides located at 550 m (1,800 ft) above sea level. The grapes were hand harvested and carefully manipulated in small baskets, so the skin of the grapes wouldn’t bruise.

The fruit was then hand basket pressed and fermentation is done in oak barrels. New French oak barrels were used for malolactic fermentation. Avanthia Godello aged for 14 months in new barrels.

Tasting notes:
When I opened this bottle, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I never had Godello before. Protected in heavy, dark bottle, this wine has golden -straw color. I was amazed by the beautiful aroma of tropical fruit, charming and delicate.

On the palate it was crisp, clean yet round wine of medium to full body. I loved the notes of baked pears or perhaps velvety cantaloupe.

It gives the wine a delicate, sweet taste of the ripe old vine’s fruit, although this Godello is dry. The more sips I took, feeling it on the tongue, I could almost taste the sensational saltiness of the sea. Seafood wine it’s the first thing that came to my mind when sipping this wine.

It reminded me of some really good quality Chardonnay – but with the crispiness and minerality that a typical Chardonnay, malolactic fermented, would lack. Really complex, beautiful wine that has perfectly balanced acidity and ability to age. Totally loved it!

Dry – Off dry- Medium sweet – Sweet
Light – Medium – Full body
No oak – Aged in oak
Retail price: about $ 28.00

Suggested recipes with this wine:

Crispy Tilapia with Mexican Risotto, Seafood Salad, Shrimp Criolli, Chicken and Shrimp Skewers, and many moe

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