Abad San Salvador Bierzo Godello 2016 

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A superb winery from the region of Bierzo in Northwest Spain. The region enjoys a unique microclimate, resulting from the combination of both Atlantic and Mediterranean continental climate, while the steep slate-soiled hillsides are perfect for the production of high-quality grapes.

Bodega del Abad was founded in 2000 with a hi-tech winery, and now has 35 hectares of vines split between the red Mencia grape and the white Godello. The majority of the vineyards are at high altitude and some are over 100 years old. Both red and white wines range from light, fresh unoaked styles to powerful complex barrel aged wines. The value for money across the board is outstanding.

A single-vineyard wine from San Salvador in Valtuille de Arriba. Old vines of over 80 years old on average. The soil composition is stony with a presence of slates, quartzite and other minerals. The altitude is 650 meters.

Fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature and the wine is aged on fine lees for 12 months in French oak barrels. Later, it is left on lees in tanks for 6 months or more and it concludes its evolution with 6 month bottle ageing.

Vintage: 2015

Grape Varieties: 100% Godello.

Farming Practices: Contains Sulfites - Vegan.

Sugar Level: 2.8g/l

Tasting Notes: A serious white wine of impressive quality, full of ripe peach and apricot flavours with a top note of vanilla and toast. A layered, creamy palate which delivers a long finish, with citrus and mineral notes coming through at the back end.

Food Match: A great match for turbot, lobster pasta and roast chicken.

               91 JAMES SUCKLING

Closure: Natural Cork

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