The 2018 vintage was awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2021 edition panel test of Spain's indigenous whites (see blue link below for the review).
Raul Perez, Ultreia Godello 2018 - May 2021 Decanter review
See here for our spaniel-assisted video tasting of that 2018.
Exel note on the 2019: the 2018 is now very much all gone in the UK. The 2019 has just arrived (mid-May 21) and is again impressive. It has all the same excellent components (acidity, fina oak, fruit concentration) as the 2018. However, it is obviously a younger wine that has spent less time in bottle; a few more months befre drinking are probably required to see those components meld and integrate as well as they have/did in the 2018.
Raúl Pérez, one of the most recognised Spanish winemakers and winegrowers around the world, runs various projects in different wine regions. Pérez is not attached to any specific soil, instead preferring to search for the terroirs that offer identity and quality. A Bierzo native, he knows this wine region better than anybody and many of his best wines come from here. Ultreia Godello is one of those. This wine comes from vines aged over 20 years old located in the towns of Valtuille de Abajo and Cacabelos. These vines are planted in clay soils and cultivated in an environmentally friendly way.
In the winery, the Ultreia Godello grapes are meticulously selected and gently pressed. The resulting must then goes on to ferment spontaneously with native yeasts and without temperature control in foudres for 12 months. With a higher concentration of wood than other whites, Ultreia Godello is a most surprising signature wine. A fragrant and enveloping 100% Godello wine.
A crisp, focused, and citrus driven Godello with mouth-watering freshness. A superb wine.