In 1885, José Ramón Gayoso planted the first vines of Godello on the small Pedrouzos plot, in the Sil Valley hillsides of pure slate. Gradually, he expanded these small parcels of vines, or ‘pezas’, carefully choosing the best sites around Portela. However, in subsequent years, many of these parcels were sold to other growers, leaving only the Pedrouzos estate in the Gayoso/Prada family. In 2001, the current generation of the family began to buy back the small vineyards which had belonged to their ancestors and today, they have recovered all of those ‘pezas’. their land
The Valdeorras valley is nestled in the highest mountains of the Galicia interior. This area is located in the province of Ourense and is home to just 200 hectares of the Godello variety. Bisected by the Sil River and protected by Galicia’s highest mountains, Valdeorras records both the highest and lowest temperatures in Galicia, together with the lowest rainfall of the area (800-1000mm). These factors, and wide differences between day and night temperatures, guarantee good acidity in the white wines. Valdesil is passionate about selecting plots of Godello grown on the rare native black slate found in many outcroppings of Valdeorras. The underlying minerality in all of their wines is a hallmark trait of this special soil type. Montenovo is produced with grapes from the youngest vineyards of the estate together with carefully selected contracted grapes from local growers in several villages, such as Rubiá, A Rúa, Larouco, Petín and O Bolo.
100% Godello Plots are vinified separately according to vineyard and similar soil-types. Grapes are harvested by hand with fermentation using indigenous yeasts in stainless steel vats. No malolactic fermentation. Alcohol: 12.5% in the glass The 2011 vintage of Montenovo is especially exciting with optimal weather conditions allowing for a pure, mineral driven expression of Godello. As always, Montenovo exibits fresh citrus notes and a slight sweet tart character on the strong mineral backbone from the slate soils.
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