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This is the white wine from Telmo’s Gaba do Xil project in Galicia. It hails from Valdeorras (“Valley of Gold”) in eastern Galicia, a region once famous for gold mining and now best known for its unique and complex wines made from the indigenous Godello grape.
The rocky, terraced vineyards are famously difficult to farm, but Telmo and many others believe that this ancient soil and harsh terrain offer a unique combination of factors that produce wines like no others. Made with 100% Godello from high elevation vineyards that have been organically farmed, with fermentation by indigenous yeasts, in stainless steel witanks, this is a more serious white for those who enjoy minerality and complexity in their wines.
The wine is named for the river Sil that flows through the region (Xil is its ancient name, used by the Celtic people who once inhabited the area). Many of the river’s tributaries are flanked on either side by vineyards, planted in terraces on steep slate hillsides. The label displays a dozen bridges, symbolizing the idea of crossing from one vineyard plot to another.
93 Points, James Suckling
This is so intense, showing bright, tangy acidity with incredible minerality, as well as sliced green apple and white pineapple. Medium body. Acidity-driven. Zingy and zesty, Drink now.
91 Points, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
2020 was a warm year with an early harvest and isolated frost the night of March 27th that resulted in a ripe 2020 Gaba do Xil Branco. Mostly Godello from red clay and slate soils, it fermented with indigenous yeasts and was kept with the lees for some four months. It was harvested 20 days earlier than the 2018 to avoid over-ripeness of the grapes, because Godello can get too heavy when too ripe. They managed to keep the freshness and the varietal character here, with subtle aromas of herbs and white fruit. The palate is medium-bodied, with a velvety mouthfeel. 118,560 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2021.