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Telmo Rodriguez - Gaba do Xil Godello 2015


  • Country: Spain
  • Wine Region: Valdeorras
  • Wine Maker: Telmo Rodriguez
  • Grape: Godello
  • Grape Percentage: 100% Godello
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2018
Duty/Vat Paid
Limited Stock: (3 btls)
WA: 90 (2015) VS: 89 (2011) WS: 87 (2015) JS: 93 (2015)

Wine tasting notes

There's a hint of lanolin and wax as usual for Godello, but lemon-melon-pear are the main flavours, particularly canned pear. Texture is slinky-creamy with mineral and a nip of fresh acid at the finish.

Winery Information

Telmo Rodriguez

Telmo Rodriguez of Remelluri fame made a name for himself when he started his own wine business in the 1990s with fellow winemaker Pablo Eguzkiza. Their prime vision for their Compania de Vinos business was to solely work with native grape varieties. They also decided at the time to work towards reviving and promoting abandoned or forgotten vineyards in various regions of Spain. With Spain only slowly starting to recognize and explore the beauty in its indigenous grape varieties, Telmo and his.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015)90 pts

April 2016 - Luis Gutierrez - The entry level white 2015 Gaba do Xil is old vine Godello (and the old vineyards always contain other grape varieties...) from granite soils in steep slopes; it is fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts. 2015 was a warm vintage, but the extreme heat provoked a blocking in the plants and the ripening was late anyway. It's fresh and accessible, but with grip and even some tannins, and a subtle minerality that would stand to white meat dishes. Decant it in advance if you pull the cork anytime soon, as the recent bolting has given it a slight reduction.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2011)89 pts

Light yellow. Aromas and flavors of fresh pear and melon, with lemon, chalk and herb accents. Fleshy but focused, with good finishing clarity and lingering minerality and spiciness. This tangy wine will work with light or rich foods. -- Josh Raynolds

Wine Spectator (2015)87 pts

Dec 2016 - Floral and almond notes frame pear and melon flavors in this gentle white. Tangerine acidity holds this together, while soft spice and vanilla details linger. Drink now

James Suckling (2015)93 pts

Aromatic nose of green and yellow apples, apple skin and some ethereal cream notes. Full body, a round and silky texture and bright acidity. Excellent structure for a 100% godello. Drink now.

Vinification Notes

Telmo Rodriguez started his most recent project Valdeorras, even though it was the first region he visited at the beginning of the 1990s. After visiting several local towns, he came away greatly impressed, especially after meeting a grower who still pruned his vines using an implement from the Middle Ages. Telmo is convinced that the meeting with the grower was the catalyst to them working in the region. Their vineyard is called La Falcoeira, in the town of Santa Cruz. It is an ancient vineyard, abandoned more than 200 years ago, and planted with a mixture of varieties, but Telmo Rodriguez has focused its work on the native varieties, Godello and Mencia. Dotted with chestnut trees mixed with rockrose, the old granitic terraces barely have enough space to squeeze in the odd row of vines, following the folds of the mountain that plunge into a tributary of the River Sil. Phylloxera did enormous damage to this vineyard area but today the surviving plots are achieving amazing results. Telmo believes that the area has enormous potential, and could be one of the great discoveries from the past.