|Origin||Spain, Ribeira Sacra|
This is an elite Godello made by master craftsman Antonio Lombardia and it balances tremendous fruit complexity, ranging from rhubarb stalks to marian plums and alongside this fleeting exoticism, there is seashell freshness and unnerving bitterness which snaps the palate back to order. This is such a gastronomic treat you can drink it on it’s own or with all manner of seafood and crustacea as well as hefty levels of spicing, too. Matthew Jukes, Moneyweek (May 2021)
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Now labelled 'Pazo da Maga' after a certain famous Rioja producer thought it sounded too similar to their name, this Godello seems to go from strength to strength. Gorgeously textured, but never too weighty - so bright and fresh - this is a delight. Pithy lime and a firm white peachiness are beautifully balanced by a crisp mineral streak. Delicious on its own or with fresh seafood. L&S (Feb 2021)
Karma do Sil
Antonio Lombardia is a brilliant winemaker and the owner of some beautiful vineyards. For a few years we were delighted to work with him when he formed half of Pena das Donas, making fantastic Godellos – they became firm favourites.
Sadly Antonio and his business partner have gone their separate ways – with Antonio & Francisco wanting more freedom to make better, purer wines – rather than building up volume, which was what he was being encouraged to do.
So it was a bold move to go it alone – but a move we are delighted he has made! With his own business and his newly-built winery at Karma do Sil, he is free to make the Godello as he likes it – and as we so admired before.
Maga is the first wine he has released – using the same fruit as before and the quality is striking.
Everything here is hand-picked, carefully destemmed and then fermented at cool temperatures to get the purest expression of Godello from his prime fruit. This sees no oak – but spends a good amount of time in tank on the lees to intensify the flavour and add texture – so simple yet this is intelligent, careful wine-making and he is certainly making the best wines we have seen yet!
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