Montenovo 2011

Winery: Valdesil
Product: Montenovo
Type: White 
Area: D.O. Valdeorras (Galicia)
Vintage: 2011
Grape varieties: 100% Godello
Alcoholic level: 12,5º
Price: 10 USD

Our rating: +++++

About the area:

Valdeorras, very close to the Ribeira Sacra, is the easternmost wine region of Galicia, with wineyards on the banks of the river Sil in the southern part of the Ourense province. The climate is a mix of atlantic and continental with high rainfall, but warm summers. Godello, an indigenous grape for white wines, is the most important one in the area. They also produce reds, mainly with mencia. 

About the wine:

Produced with grapes from the youngest vineyards of the estate together with carefully selected grapes bought-in from local growers in several villages, such as Rubiá, A Rúa, Larouco, Petín and O Bolo. Valdesil performs the harvesting of all the bought-in grapes. The average age of the vines is 15 years.

Individualised vinification according to vineyard and similar soil-types. Harvesting by hand in small 20 kg crates, followed by immediate transfer to the winery. Sorting table. A short skin-contact maceration. Static settling of the juices and fermentation with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel vats. No malo-lactic fermentation. Fining, using agents of mineral origin. Cold stabilization and a light earth filtering. 


Clean and shiny light yellow. Very citric nose this year, with watermelon, olives and deep mineral. Fresh in mouth. Balanced. Nice acidity. Heavy fruit. Low alcoholic feeling. Dry and salty. Mineral and citric fruit come back. Medium lenght finish.

Will be great with scallops, fried sardines and vegetable tempura.


  1. I have not tasted Montenovo, but yes other two wines from the winery, Valdesil 2010 and Pezas da Portela 2009.
    Valdesil is a very good example of Godello with aging over lees, and Pezas da Portela is a really high class wine, wich will evolve very well in bottle, I think. Both of them deserve a taste.
    Regards and good luck in this new adventure.

  2. Thank you for your comment S.

    Montenovo is a good example of young godello, but im sure it will grow too in the next 3 or even 4 years, and I agree, Pezas is a high class.

    See you,