2020 Valdesil Valderroa Mencia
One of the upcoming stars of the Valdeorras/Galicia is the winery Val De Sil which focuses strongly on the Galician grape Godello and the red Mencia. The bodega has its vineyards in the valley Sil with its unique slate grounds which make the wines of this house unique. Valdesil Valderroa is prepared from 100% mencía. The grapes grow at 500 m above sea level, on the high terraced slopes of the municipalities of Rubiá, A Rúa, Petín and O Bolo. The vineyards are on average 15 years old. The yield is limited to 25 hl/ha and the terroir consists mainly of dark slate. The plots were harvested one by one by hand with small baskets. Then a careful selection of grapes took place. The must was fermented with wild yeasts in stainless steel tanks and pumped over regularly. Finally, the wine was aged for 7 months in stainless steel tanks.
The Valderroa is Mencía in its purest state. The proximity to the Atlantic Ocean makes for an unprecedented fresh and delicate wine (especially for a wine from this price range). The Valderroa has a bright ruby red color, with a garnet border. In the nose we smell fresh pure notes of aromatic red fruit aromas (raspberry and plum) with mineral elements. On the palate, the wine is fresh, crisp and intensive with beautiful fruit and well-integrated tannins. All this makes this wine perfectly balanced. The Valderroa is a wine with an almost Burgundian profile. Fresh yet full bodied. Minerality, freshness and full of red, dark fruit in a glass that is the Valderroa.
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||Red|
|Drinking as of||2022|
|Tasting Profiles||Earthy, Rustic, Dark fruit, Dry|
|Drink moments||Barbecue, Borrelen, Met vrienden, Voor alledag|