Up until a few years ago I hadn’t even heard of Godello never mind taste it, now it’s one of my favourites whites, a richly flavoured, aromatic, intense wine from North west Spain.
Although it is now becoming widely available it still isn’t instantly recognisable by a lot of wine drinkers and when mentioning it to friends I get a confused “never heard of it, where’s it from ?”. Well, it’s from the Galicia in Northern Spain, this particular bottle from the Monterrei region famous for aromatic whites. The ‘Pazo Das Donas’ Godello is a fairly new addition to the Tesco Finest range and I must say what a pretty good addition it is.
One bit of advice, don’t over chill this wine, I found the flavour and aroma fairly muted when too cold but once warmed up slightly it turns into a different beast, I say beast because this wine has attitude.
Pale straw like colour, smelling tropical with ripe peaches (on the second day, the ripeness of the fruit aromas intensified, a little baked apples and strangely ripe mature cheese, bit like Gorgonzola)
Quite dry and fresh tasting, ripe peaches, lemons, spiced apples with an extremely long and zippy finish. On the second day the flavours seem to intensify and I enjoyed it more again when not over chilled.
Summing up this is an enjoyable, different , intense and slightly Burgundian flavoured white wine.
Now you’ve heard the name, go on try a bottle !