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Valderroa (Valdeorras DOP)
Red Wine

Region/Appellation: Spain, Galicia, Valdeorras DO
Grape: Mencia
Style: Fruity and Mouthwatering

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From a careful selection of 100% Mencia grapes, hand-harvested from old bush vines (up to 30 years old) grown in hillside sites (400-550 metres), in slate-rich soil. This is the 25th vintage of Valderroa.

The wine is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks, using indigenous yeasts. Aged in stainless steel tanks for 9 months, racked several times, and released with about 3-5 months bottle refining. A classic expression of the Atlantic influence and slate soils.

Tasting Note

Violet-tinged, cherry-red colour. A classic Galcian-style wine, with aromas and flavours of vibrant cherry and ripe red berries (raspberry), with smoky-mineral, black pepper, and violet notes. Refreshing on the palate (Gamay-like) with a clean, elegant finish.

About the Grape

Mencia: Pronounced men-thee-a, an indigenous Spanish red-wine grape, found predominantly in the Bierzo DO, in Castilla Y Leaon, in northwest Spain. It is supposedly gentically identical to Portugal's Jaen grape.

It's hard to predict how this grape will taste as it grown is so many different ways (old-vines vs. new vines, low-yielding vs. high-yielding) and it is pretty malleable in the cellar, in particular with the use of oak. Better styles are darker in colour, with deep aromas and flavours of dark fruits with notes of smoke and spices.

Bodegas Valdesil

In 1885, an ancestor of the current owners, the Prada family, planted the first Godello vines on the high, slate hillsides of the Sil valley. José Ramón Gayoso, contrary to the custom of the time, chose to work with this native grape. Gradually he expanded these small parcels of vines, or ‘Pezas’, carefully choosing the best sites around the village of Portela. In subsequent years many of these parcels were sold to other growers, leaving only the original Pedrouzos estate in family hands.

In 2001 the current generation of the family began to buy back Gayoso’s vineyards, encouraged by the potential for Godello, the special qualities of the Valdeorras region, and the heritage of that original pioneer who went against the norms in planting Pedrouzos, now the oldest Godello vineyard in Galicia. All the Godello ‘Pezas’ have been recovered and incorporated into the family estate, allowing research and clonal selection from these truly “old’ vines.

The region of Valdeorras lies in the interior of Galicia, approximately 250km from the Atlantic Ocean, just north of the border with Portugal. It is a small DO, with only 1,500ha under vine and 38 wineries. Extending along the river Sil, Valdeorras is surrounded by mountains, including some of the highest peaks in Galicia. Vineyards run along the valley, between 300–700 metres above sea level.
The climate is mainly Continental – one of the driest and hottest zones in Galicia – with a Maritime influence appearing as fine mists on the valley floor and winter snows covering the mountain peaks. The Sil valley has the greatest concentration of slate quarries in Spain, and the vines belonging to the Bodegas Valdesil are planted on steep south-facing slopes, in soils rich in slate.

Godello vines are relatively low-yielding, and can produce wines of tremendous personality, freshness, length, balancing acidity, and mineral quality. One of Spain’s oldest noble grape varieties, it is mainly grown in the valley of the river Sil, and particularly in Valdeorras, traditionally the source of the finest Godello wines. The DO still boasts a large number of old bush vines even though most new plantings follow the espalier system.

Bodegas Valdesil
C/ Córgomo s/n
Vilamartín de Valdeorras 32348 Ourense-Galicia

Phone number: +34988337900

Email: valdesil@valdesil.com

Website: http://www.valdesil.com

Visits: Pre-booked visits can be made from Monday to Friday between 9am – 1.00pm and 4.00pm – 6.00pm.

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