2016 Valdesil Valderroa Carballo
One of the upcoming stars of the Valdeorras is winery Val De Sil, which focuses strongly on the Galician grape Godello and the red Mencia. The bodega has its vineyards in the Sil valley with its unique slate soils which make the wines of this house unique. The Valderroa Carballo Mencia comes from older Mencia vineyards. The wine is fermented in stainless steel and the malolactic fermentation was carried out in 500-litre French oak barrels, after which the wine is allowed to develop for 10-12 months in used French oak. By the way, carballo means Oak.
Valderroa Carballo is a wine made exclusively with the oldest Mencía pezas (plots) in Valdeorras. These pieces are found on the extremely steep slopes and northern exposure of the municipality of Carballeda de Valdeorras, the highest elevation in Galicia, where the world's purest black slate rock outcrops. The vineyard is between 60-105 years old and is located at an altitude of 600-800m with a slope of 45%; It is a benchmark of so-called "extreme viticulture". A wine for aging that explores the more intellectual and vertical side of the Mencia variety.
The Valderroa Carballo Mencía is an elegant medium bodied wine with notes of leather, ripe red fruits, spices and cherries. The palate feels polished, with some heat balanced by good acidity. Close your eyes and taste a (very) good Burgundy, but at a fraction of the price.
FACT: In the Tab: Appendix you will find the official fact sheet of this fine wine. We will automatically send it to you when you order this wine. The wine is in our conditioned Wine Warehouse and if you come to pick up the wine you will also receive a nice discount. We are almost next to the Rijksweg with plenty of parking space. Click here for address
Gold was once mined in the Galician region of Valdeorras, the 'golden' valley, but today it is wine. In particular white wine from a special grape, godello and red wine from the grape Mencia. The variety grows on slopes and on plateaus around the river Sil and has been successfully transformed into fine wines. The Valdesil family domain is one of the most prominent houses that sources its grapes from all kinds of small plots, partly granite-containing, partly sandy, partly with slate. The sticks are often very old (top). Val De Sil has made the Godello and Mencia wines from the Valley de Sil famous.
Bodegas Valdesil is located in Vilamartín de Valdeorras in the deep west of Spain, approximately 180 km southeast of Santiago de Compostela. The history of the winery begins in the year 1885, when the winegrower José Ramón Gayoso began planting godello grape vines on the slate slopes of the Sil valley. Everyone made fun of him at the time. Although Gayoso later gave up the vineyard, the plants survived, and today the same genetic material is still used here. The modern history of the winery starts in 1991. In that year the Prada-Gayoso family brings the vineyards back in top condition. Today the winery covers 20 ha. Of these, many are small plots of old godello plants. Some vineyards are located at the best spots of Valdeorras, especially on the sunny slopes at Córgomo and Portel. The red grape variety mencía is also grown here. A total of six wines are made from both grape varieties. Bodegas Valdesil is one of the most reliable producers in Galicia, "a very reliable source for quality wines from Valdeorras", says Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.
|Type of Wine
|Drinking as of
|Earthy, Rustic, Complex, Dark fruit, Dry, Tannines, Full
|Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Open haard, Romantisch