Pezas de Portela 2019
Case of 6 bottles.
Made from a careful selection of 100% Godello grapes, from 11 unique south-facing plots (“pezas”) near the village of Portela, with 60-90 years of age (all from cuttings from the original 130+ yr old Pedrouzos vineyard). Goblet trained and grown on hillside slopes, in slate-rich soil, at an altitude of 450-650 metres above sea level. Slate contributes a distinctive mineral character to the wine.
Vinification is made by plot, to reflect the different expressions of each site, and at an even lower yield than Valdesil sobre lias.
Following short skin contact, the wine is fermented (with natural yeasts) in older French oak barrels (Allier and Vosgues). The wine is blended, then aged for 6 months in barrique (on the lees, with regular stirring) then racked into stainless steel tanks for a further 12 months prior to bottling. No malolactic fermentation, and fined with agents of mineral origin. Alc./vol. 13.5%; R.S. 2.4 gr./L.
Our tasting note: Bright yellow/gold colour; ripe aromas and flavours of warm citrus (grapefruit), apple and, pear, with mineral-tinged notes of nuts, vanilla spice, and herbs. Dry and medium-bodied, with balancing acidity and a long, rich, complex and evolving finish.
Pairing: Rich seafood (lobster), river fish, grilled white meats (chicken and pork), including those with creamy sauces, and earthy vegetarian dishes (mushrooms).