The history of one of Galicia’s finest though often unheralded varietals, Godello, is forever linked to the winery Valdesil in the mountainous sub-zone of Valdeorras. The current proprietors, the Prada family, whose ancestor was named Jose Ramon Gayoso, planted the first small parcels or “Pezas” to his beloved Godello in 1885. This first planting was called Pezas Pedrouzos, and in the ensuing years, Gayoso continued to plant pezas in and around the village of Portela all on slate based, hillside soils. The history of wine growing in Valdeorras dates back to the Roman times, where there are references in Latin texts made to grape vines planted in the region along the river Sil. The name itself means "Valley Of Gold." The region was given DO status in 1945.
Montenovo means "fresh mountain" which reminds us of this cool mountainous region and climate. The godello here is simply fermented and bottled fresh with a tiny bit of CO2 left giving the wine the full expression of godello in a very fresh, youthful and vibrant way.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
Their Montenovo bottling is their younger vine bottling and the 2015 offers up a vibrant bouquet of white peach, salty soil tones, a hint of green olive and dried flowers in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, medium-full and zesty, with a good core, fine soil signature and good length and grip on the moderately complex and energetic finish. Good juice for relatively near-term drinking. 2017-2022+.
Enjoy Valdesil Montenovo Godello with grilled shrimp, baked swordfish, roast chicken, tapas and light summer fare.