O Casal

Godello Casal Novo Valdeorras – 2020

Region: Spain - Galicia

O Casal

Adega O Casal was founded in 2000 by five partners sharing the ideal of capturing the true varietal and optimum expression of the indigenous Godello and Mencía grapes. Starting with inherited family plots at high elevation near the village of Rubiá, the vineyard area has gradually expanded to the current eight hectares (19.76 acres) planted in small parcels primarily to Godello and Mencía. Parcels are located on both sides of the Sil River,offering both slate and chalk/clay terroirs. This duality of terroir is expressed in a layered textural/mineral complexity that defines the house style. Casal Novo Godello and Mencía are unoaked in order to feature the wines’ inherent complexity.Arriving from Bierzo, the first and highest village in Valdeorras is Rubiá, home of Adega O Casal. High elevation and off-south exposures delay maturation, and quality is sought via low yields and sustainable viticulture.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Estate vineyards on either side of the Sil River near Rubiá, the highest village in D.O. Valdeorras.

  • Altitude: 550 meters
  • Exposure: East and Northwest
  • Soils: Slate on one side of the river, Chalk/clay on the other side
  • Vine Age: over 27 years
  • Vine Training System: Trellis with double cordon pruning
  • No herbicides used
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested
  • Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks
  • No malolactic fermentation
Winemaker's Notes

Elegant, intense, clean, full on the palate expressing the wild herb and fruit components of Godello in
equal measure, underpinned by the minerality of the region’s slate and chalk hillsides. Unoaked and
fresh, the fruit, floral, mineral blended into a harmonious whole.

Wine Summary

100% Godello; alcohol: 13.5%; estate vineyards on either side of the Sil River near Rubiá, the highest village in D.O. Valdeorras at 550 meters; slate soils on one side of river, chalky clay on other side; vines over 20 years old; hand harvested; fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks; no malolactic fermentation.

Technical Information
  • 100% Godello
  • Alcohol: 13.5%

General Info

WINEMAKER José Luis Murcia Sotos