Raúl Pérez Ultreia Godello 2020
Raúl Pérez produces the superb white wine 'Ultreia' Godello from three sites that combine estate-owned and bought in grapes. The estate-owned vineyards are in the eastern part of Bierzo planted on schist and clay soils with vines averaging 30-35 years old. Harvest here takes place a full 20 days later than in Valtuille, yielding grapes with high natural acidity and providing excellent blending material. Grapes are purchased from Cacabelos which is located on deeper clay-stony soils and from Valtuille where the vineyards have a higher percentage of sand. All plots are fermented in oak tank and assembled just before bottling. Ageing takes place in barrels of various sizes and ages. The estate owned fruit is aged in the Ultreia cellar where a small layer of flor is allowed to develop. Bottling takes place after 12 months with no racking or battonage. This is a fresh, well balanced expression of Godello with ripe citrus, red apples and blossom notes. The palate is vibrant and fresh with an explosion of fruit flavours. It has brilliant acidity and with a touch of slate / stoniness the wine finishes crisp and refreshing.