Vina Somoza Godello Seleccion Valdeorras 2013
Godello grapes from vineyards with fractured slate soils grown in the Valdeorras region are fermented in oak casks and lees-aged to gain additional texture and character. A richly textured, complex, dry white exhibiting notes of pineapple, white peach and honeysuckle.
ABOUT THE WINE MAKER
Situated in Spain’s north-west, the region has a wine-producing history dating back to the Roman period. The continental climate is influenced by the Atlantic and cool humid conditions from the west help to prolong the ripening; the soils are mainly comprised of fractured slate.
The Godello grape variety has been grown in the region for hundreds of years; it was nearly wiped out by the Phylloxera blight in the late 19th century. At the start of the last century, a group of winegrowers, including Victor González who established Viña Somoza, rescued the variety. They nearly failed, as quantity was more important than quality at that time and Godello is known more for the former than the latter.
Today, two generations later, the winery Victor founded produces, with the aid of technology and talent, superbly concentrated and generous examples of this rare grape. Everything is supervised by oenologist Fernando González, according to the guidelines established by José Luis Hidalgo, one of Spain’s most famous oenologists and a staunch promoter of wine made from Godello.