Thursday, June 13, 2013

The white Godellos of the DO Valdeorras appellation get four medals in the Zarcillo Awards 2013

Pingadelo Godello, Godeval,  Godeval Cepas Vellas and Bioca Goello are decorated with silver Medals in the Zarcillo Awards 2013.

The white Godellos of the DO Valdeorras appellation get four silver medals in the Zarcillo Awards 2013, a fact that ratifies the great harvest of Godello 2012 in Valdeorras and that positions a this DO as the most awarded among its Galician counterparts.

The Zarcillo Awards were created in 1991 as part of the climax of the events for the European Year of Tourism on the initiative of the Regional Ministries for Culture and Tourism, Agriculture and Farming of the Junta de Castilla y León, with the commitment to hold a national wine contest with the objective of promoting and defending the quality of Spanish wines.

Twenty two years later, the Zarcillo Awards have reached their XV national and their VIIinternational edition. Over the years, it has been consolidated as the most important national event for Spanish wines with the intention of making it one of the most prestigious contests in the world.

The methodology used to give awards to the best wines is comprised of a complex system for receiving the samples and strict control by computer for processing the data provided by the juries. Throughout the duration of the event, the rules stipulate that an expert representative of the O.I.V, with the technical support of the Oenological Station of Castilla y León, must ensure that the standard is complied with. For four days, the best wine tasters in the world and the best trained palates on the planet will congregate to judge which wines are the best in the contest. The rules stipulate that any wine producing country in the world is allowed to participate in accordance with the definition adopted by the International Wine Organisation, whose samples are classified into seven categories: whites, rosés, reds, semi-sparkling, sparkling, liqueur and aromatic varieties

For its part, we present you the wines of the DO Valdeorras appellation awarded in the competition:

Pingadelo Godello 2012, of Viñas Virxe Cooperative, is a flinty wine, mineral nose with hints of green fruits (apple) is followed by a very rich palate which is salty, mineral and also fresh and lively. 

The winery-cooperative Virxe das Viñas was founded in 1964 by wine growers of the region of Valdeorras. Currently it is composed by a total of 850 members and has 350 acres of vineyards which represent aproximately about 45% of the production of the region, and which ensures the quality of their raw material.

Its wines are made with the support of the latest technology and with the varieties Godello, Dona Blanca and  Palomino Fino for the whites and Mencía, Garnacha and gran-negro for the reds.

Godeval 2012, from Godeval Winery,   is green-amber in color with an aromatic nose of citrus, peach, pear and bright minerality. Medium in body with crisp acidity, it offers flavors of peach, apricot, lemon, lime, grapefruit and herbal notes, with no oak. It is beautifully balanced to enjoy in its youth, over the next 3-4 years. With excellent balance and a rich, silky texture, this wine coats the palate on the finish with long-lasting flavors.

Meanwhile, Godeval Cepas Vellas 2011 is a complex Godello with maceration over lias and has got the same tasting notes: Color: bright straw. In the nose are fresh, white flowers, mineral, ripe fruit and in palate is flavourful, fruity, good acidity and balanced.

Bodegas Godeval was founded in 1986 and subsequently restored and transformed the medieval Monastery of Xagoaza into the Godeval winery. Godeval focuses exclusively on the Godello grapes grown on its 17 hectares of vineyards. This 2010 vintage of Vina Godeval earned high marks from all of the top critics, with scores of 91 from both Parker and Tanzer and 90 from Wine Spectator. It was also selected in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 for 2011!

Bioca Godello 2012, of María Teresa Núñez Vega winery, has got Lovely lemon lime notes. Toasty youth notes that will open like a flower to reveal baskets of apricots and peach. Balance and concentration and poise. Quite delicious.

Bioca Godello has been one of the great ambassadors of the wines of the DO Valdeorras appellation internationally, achieving awards in several competitions in Europe and North America.

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