Xose Lois Sebio, Vinos de Encostas, Mais Ala Godello 2018 (1x75cl)
Grape Variety: Godello
Bottle Size: 75cl
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Product Code: SPGL0020B18S
The 2018 vintage was awarded 97 points and Outstanding status by Decanter in their November 2020 article (by Pedro Ballesteros MW) on fine Galician whites beyond Albarino (see blue link below).
Xose Lois Sebio, Vinos de Encostas, Mais Ala Godello 2018 - November 2020 Decanter review
Winemaker Xosé Lois Sebio has produced his stunning eponymous collection of wines as a result of a personal quest: to find wines with unique personality from more risky processing zones and with a very marked identity. This original and quirky range is made from high quality grapes in areas which are often neglected or simply different; vineyards that are difficult to farm due to the high costs of conventional viticulture. Away from fashions and conventions, the sole intention is to respect and express the soil, variety and area; producing wines with soul and personality. The wines are vinified with minimal intervention and low sulphur. These are collectable wines for lovers of the authentic and different.
The spring of 2018 was relatively dry and led into a dry, warm summer with an abundance of hot days. September continued the heat-wave pattern; it was a very dry and hot month, resulting in an early harvest of very healthy grapes. The wines have excellent concentration of fruit flavours accompanied by gentle acidity.
The DO Valdeorras is an inland Galician appellation in northern Spain, which is becoming renowned for its white wines from the Godello grape. The grapes for Mais Ala come from 30 year old vines, grown in a single vineyard named ‘A Barca en a Falcoeira’. The vineyard is set on the hillside at an altitude of 600 to 650 metres above sea level, where cooler nights give diurnal temperature differences encouraging the natural acidity to remain in the grapes resulting in a fresh style of wine. The vines are planted at a density of 4,000 vines per hectare and are nourished by granitic soils; specifically the local decomposed granitic-sandy soil known as 'Xabre'. Manual harvest takes place at optimal maturity.
Fermentation started in stainless steel tanks at very low temperatures. The fermenting must was then transferred to second and third fill barrels of 228, 500 and 600 litres. A very slow fermentation took place at a low temperature in order to respect and impart the fruit flavours and personality of the wine. The wine did not go through malolactic fermentation, retaining its naturally refreshing character. The wine was aged for 11 months in the second and third fill barrels of 228, 500 to 600 litres.
Made from 100% Godello, this refreshing white combines delicate floral notes with fresh fruit, spice and mineral tones. Harmoniously balanced with a textured palate showing intense fruit flavours through to a long and elegant finish. Beautifully textured, it shows dried apricot and Bramley apple flavours through to a long, tangy and saline finish.