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Characteristics of Gaba do Xil Godello
Gaba do Xil Godello is a white wine from Valdeorras prepared by Telmo Rodriguez Wine Company. This is a varietal Godello.
Grapes for Gaba Xil Godello are grown at approximately 550 metres. The soils are very fertile. The production is therefore limited, but high quality.
The harvest is done manually and a first selection takes place in the vineyard. Once in the winery, Gaba do Xil Godello performs a alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks with selected native yeasts.
Gaba do Xil Godello is bottled and goes to market without aging. The leader of the winery is Telmo Rodriguez Telmo. He trained in Bordeaux and Rhone.
The project aims to produce wines from native varieties spread over different parts of the Spanish territory.
This Denomination of Origin occupies part of the beautiful valleys of the rivers Sil and Jares in the Northeast of the province of Orense. Vineyards line the slopes of the mountains that frame the river valleys and at the bottom of them, occupying floors slate of very good physical condition and adequate fertility, sometimes on steep slopes. The variety of higher quality and prestige, among whites, is the Godello, white wine grape that provides very fine fruity and floral aroma and excellent structure in the mouth. Next to this is the providing variety Tinta Mencia reds, purple, intense and elegant aroma and soft fleshy fruit not without its nerve.
Over the years, Telmo Rodriguez, has built a reputation as a pioneering, and perhaps as one of the best, "driving wine-makers”, or rolling oenologist, i.e, a winemaker who moves around different areas to to produce various wines during the same harvest, using only native grape varieties of each region, focusing their efforts on the recovery of lost or forgotten vineyards and varieties. Telmo Rodriguez, who is more of a winemaker than a oenologist, is perhaps known worldwide as one of the intigators of Spanish Viticulture.