Valdesil Pezas da Portela Godello Valdeorras
|Bottle sizes:||750 ML|
|Vineyard:||This wine is comprised of 11 historic 'Pezas" or blocks in the village of Portela. All the vines were planted by Jose Ramon Gayoso's sons in the early 1900's using a massal selection from the original Godello vineyard Pedrouzos.|
|Orientation:||South facing slopes on the northern banks of the Sil river at an average of 300 meters in elevation.|
|Soil:||Colluvial with shallow depth and derived from red and grey schist.|
|Viticulture:||All vineyard work is done by hand in small plots. The work the soil naturally and do work in the vineyard based on circadian rhythms.|
|Vinification:||Each plot is vinified seperately. The juice does a cold soak with the skins and then undergoes a wild yeast fermentation in French oak casks of 500L. The oak is 3rd or 4th use with light toast.|
|Aging:||The wine ages in the casks on the lees for 6 months and then is racked to steel tanks where it ages and additional 12 months.|
|Tasting:||A truly special wine that highlights the old vines of the Peddrouzos clones in the village of Portela. 2013 was a difficult year and showcases the characterisics of the Atlantic climate. There was a severe spring frost in April and a general cold spring that delayed harvest until late September. This vintage has complex herbal notes, citrus and minerality from the schist and decomposed slate.|
The 2013 Pezas da Portela is pure Godello from 11 small plots (locally known as 'pezas') in the village of Portela; it fermented and matured in French oak in contact with the lees for six months with a further year in vat before bottling. 2013 was a cool, late vintage. I was a little surprised to find it a little oaky, and the palate quite light, like if a less concentrated vintage had reacted differently to the élevage. This is definitively a lighter, more immediate vintage of Pezas. I'd drink this sooner rather than later. 4,000 bottles were filled in June 2015.
The Pezas da Portela bottling from Valdesil is a cuvée produced from eleven different small parcels in the village of Portela, which were planted to Godello vines at the turn of the century by Señor Gayoso and are now well over one hundred years of age. The different parcels are all vinified separately with wild yeasts in three and four year-old casks, prior to blending and spending an additional six months aging in these older barrels. At this point the wine is racked into stainless steel for an additional year of aging prior to bottling. The 2013 Pezas de Portela is a superb example of Godello, wafting from the glass in a gently oak-influenced blend of pear, fresh almond, a bit of sea salts, dried flowers and a very discreet base of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nascently complex, with lovely old vine depth at the core, a nice dollop of soil tones and a long, well-balanced and gently oaky finish. Godello is a very transparent grape and thus, while the casks here are several years old prior to their use, the wine still shows a fair bit of oak influence to its personality, but old vine varietal character really marries beautifully with the wood and the wine is lovely. 2017-2030+.