Escalada do Sil Blanco<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?This is a rare, limited production Godello from a single parcel of low-yield vines in Valdeorras. With natural yeast fermentation, no malolactic fermentation and elevage in used barrel, Escalada do Sil Blanco provides a clear expression of a unique terroir, and in the glass hints at the unsung ageability of this special grape.
RATING HISTORY:2019 93 WA, 92 JS; 2018 94 VM, 92 WA, 90 JS
GRAPE:100% Godello. Vines 20 years old on average. Tended in slate and granite soil with traces of clay at 500- 750 m (1,640-2,460 ft) elevation.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:Escalada do Sil Blanco will pair with roast poultry, mushrooms, and richer seafood dishes such as pulpo gallego, a classic local octopus dish.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:No skin contact or malolactic fermentation; wild yeast fermentation in 600L barrel. Racked to 2nd use 600L barrel for elevage and aged for 12 months; then 5 months in bottle prior to release.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:The vineyards are located in Galicia, in far northwestern Celtic Spain, within the Valdeorras DO. The vineyards are in the mountain town of O Barco at 500 to 750 m (1,640 to 2,460 ft) elevation. The soil is composed of slate and granite topsoil with a thin clay subsoil. This soil profile is poor in organic matter. The vines yield 2.5 kg (about 6 lbs) of grapes per vine, compared to the average of 7.5 kg (around 17 lbs) per vine in Valdeorras. The area's climate has an average temperature of 66.2 F from April to October, among the lowest average temperatures in Spain, with 27.56 inches of annual rainfall. This low level of precipitation helps prevent overnight frost. The cool temperatures of this Atlantic-influenced climate provide a longer ripening period, which results in bright wines with great aromatic expression.
TASTING NOTES:Pale gold. On the nose, ripe orchard fruit is interwoven with smoky mineral and dried herbs, with a touch of spicebox. On the palate, intense concentration of the orchard and stone fruit flavors, with remarkable acidity and a touch of classic phenolic bitterness. Finishes clean and long.
BOTTLE WEIGHT:1.2 lbs (.58 kg)
RECYCLABLE GLASS USED:86%
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