La Jurisdicción Godello is a crisp, citric white wine with a pale yellow colour and a slightly greenish rim. Its velvety texture and vertical acidity make it an ideal companion to lighter summer foods. The characteristic nose of citrus fruit, flowers, and white fruit is complemented by a crisp refreshing finish. Enjoy a glass of La Jurisdicción Godello with a fresh seafood platter or cheese boards.
|Dry, White, Medium Bodied, Smooth, Elegant, Citrus Fruit, Fresh, Food Friendly
About the Producer
The land and wines used to serve as the family livelihood with grapes and wine sold in bulk to small consumers in the local area. However the more modern aspect of this story began four decades ago when Samuel Lopez and Adela Folgueral took over the running of the family vineyards.
At this stage, a transformation of the viticulture was carried out in order to find a better balance in the production of the vines so that they could better adapt to the surge in demand for higher quality standards. Since then, quality excellence is achieved by using the most emblematic varieties in the Bierzo region, Mencía and Godello.
After a few years the family managed to draw together seven hectares of vineyards mainly with Mencía and other local varieties in three different landscapes in Valtuille de Abajo. This was done by purchasing and changing surrounding plots and estates.
In 1993 the plot on the high side of “El Toral” was planted. This plantation is at the top of the hill near to the fort called “Castro de la Ventosa” and was planted with the varieties of Mencía and Chardonnay. This is the only new plot in the property planted on trellis. During the next years the production became centred on the traditional viticulture, an eco-friendly style centred on a production balance, especially in the old vines which, for some decades, were worn out to satisfy the needs of a market which demanded wine sales in bulk.
The local wineries and enologists were established as the main clientele when year after year they stocked up on the grapes from specific plots due to the varietal and terroir characteristics.
In 2013, the children of Samuel and Adela – Héctor and Víctor – decided to restore the old winery, in which their ancestors had made the wines many years before, a place where they could start creating their own family brand. In the same year, the plot called “La Fontiña de Nai” was started as a private project. These first vintages were only for private tasting and were not released for sale.
During the next three years the refurbishment of the winery along with part of the family house was finished and then equipped with the first steel tanks and French oak barrels where the first vintages were laid down to age.
From 2016, two new hectares of old, abandoned vineyards were taken on, located in the village of Villalibre de la Jurisdicción. This aims to bring about the return of the production of Mencía and Godello, to obtain wines with different characteristics due to the 900-metre altitude from sea level, 30% tilt in a northern slope in clay and slate terroir.
Vineyard and Winery
‘La Jurisdicción’ comes from various vines of different ages, from old vineyards, grafted with the Godello variety, to fields only just old enough for production. The vineyards are north facing on the mountainside south of the Bercian region. The soils are soft with fine slate in clay ravines.
The grape harvest begins early, with the aim of finding the appropriate balance between acidity and freshness and is carried out manually, carefully selected into 20kg baskets. The destemming process takes place at the entrance to the winery, and the grapes are then pressed to initiate fermentation in stainless steel vats.
The resulting wine matures with its fine lees for six months in French oak barrels, at the end of which it is mechanically filtered. After that it is bottled and left to rest in boxes before widespread distribution.
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