Alvaredos-Hobbs Ribeira Sacra Godello 2018
|Region||Spain, Galicia, Ribeira Sacra|
The white 2018 Alvaredos-Hobbs Blanco, the first wine ever produced here, was produced with Godello from different vineyards, at different altitudes, orientations and ages, mostly on slate soils. The full clusters were pressed, and the must fermented in oak foudres with native yeasts. The wine didn't go through malolactic, but had bâtonnage (stirring of the lees) every 15 to 21 days. The wine matured in foudre for 10 months, but a fraction of the volume was kept in stainless steel. It has a varietal profile-after all, the label features the grape name and not the zone-and a balsamic nose with notes of white fruit and flowers with some herbs thrown in. It has integrated oak, and it is clean, fine and elegant, nicely crafted. Godello is more powerful and has less acidity than Alvariño, and the wines can be fuller and perhaps more austere. The wine develops nicely in the glass, with the aromatics becoming more complex, with honeyed undertones, aromas of dried apricots and a lanolin-like waxy note, with subtle minerality on the palate. 9,840 bottles were filled in September 2019. Drink date: 2020-2023.