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Gaba Do Xil Branco 2021

Gaba Do Xil Branco

All the wonders of Godello



/ 0.75 L btl
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Spec sheet

TypeWhite wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%

The wine

Gaba do Xil Godello is an excellent choice of wine at a price which gives a surprising value for money. It presents a modern look at wines from the often forgotten winemaking regions of inland Galicia. A strong Atlantic character with continental influences, it is an expressive and serious wine with a surprising maturity and freshness. Godello grapes play a big part in its character but so too does the unique character of the area and its vineyards of slate and red clay soils at heights of 500 metres.



What does this wine taste like?

Gabo do Xil Godello is a soothing, herbal and aromatic wine in the glass with intense aromas of bay leaves and small wild flowers. As it warms slightly, hints of stone fruit like peaches appear with a fascinating blend of sweetness and freshness, bringing to mind honey and lemons. It offers a rounded, smooth and dry taste in the mouth with a pleasant sensation of maturity wrapping around the palate. The elegance of granite is present in every sip while an excellent acidity and fine texture ensure a lingering sensation.

Straw yellow / Pale
Subtle / Fruit aromas / Tropical fruit / Apricot / Mineral notes
Good entry / Pleasantly textured / Silky / Good acidity / Flavoursome / Long finish

Drinking and storing

We recommend decanting the wine first to fully enjoy it or even keeping it for a year before opening if you can wait to enjoy deeper aromas and a wider feel.

Serve between 7ºC and 8ºC

Food pairing

Snacks and appetizers
Soft cheeses

Soft cheeses / Wild mushroom risotto / Roast turbot

Ratings and awards

202190 PN92 SK
202091 PK90 PN93 SK
201991+ PK90 PN92 SK
201890+ PK16 JR90 PN93 SK
201790 PK90 PN93 SK
201691 PK16.5 JR
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonPN: PeñínSK: Suckling

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Jancis Robinson

2020 was a warm year with an early harvest and isolated frost the night of March 27th that resulted in a ripe 2020 Gaba do Xil Branco. Mostly Godello from red clay and slate soils, it fermented with indigenous yeasts and was kept with the lees for some four months. It was harvested 20 days earlier than the 2018 to avoid overripeness of the grapes, because Godello can get too heavy when too ripe. They managed to keep the freshness and the varietal character here, with subtle aromas of herbs and white fruit. The palate is medium-bodied, with a velvety mouthfeel. 118,560 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2021.

— Luis Gutiérrez (19/08/2021)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2020 - 91 PARKER

Tasted blind. An easy-drinking style of Godello. Fruity, agreeable, more immediate than persistent, but voluminous too. Refreshing. Not the most complex, but very pleasurable. Nicely made and well-managed, but not particularly deep.

— Ferran Centelles (23/03/2019) Vintage 2018 - 16 JANCIS ROBINSON

Customer reviews

21 reviews


The wine is left to stand for a further four months on its lees before it is ready to hit the market.

Vinification materialStainless steel
Ageing period4 months


The Godello grapes used for Gaba do Xil Godello are grown around the villages of Larouco and Santa Cruz in the small Valdeorras appellation in vineyards owned by the winery or by local winegrowers who also use traditional methods. Most of the vines are trellis-trained and grapes are carefully selected and harvested by hand using small crates to take them to the winery where native yeasts are used for the fermentation.

SoilSlate / Clay
Altitude500.00 meters

The winery

Compañía de Vinos de Telmo Rodríguez

Compañía de Vinos de Telmo Rodríguez

Telmo Rodríguez and Pablo Eguzkiza started work on their wine project in 1994 with, as they admit, few resources but plenty of ideas. The firm they set up, Compañía de Vinos de Telmo Rodríguez, has grown based on the pair's travels around winemaking regions to understand and experience Spain as a complex and unique winemaking country with incredibly diverse and rich landscapes.   Top quality winemaking traditions, experience in...