Telmo Rodriguez, Ladeiras Do Xil, Branco De Santa Cruz, Valdedorras
10% Doña Blanca
10% TreixaduraVintage –
“The 2018 Branco de Santa Cruzwas cropped from a cool year with snowand rain when the grapes were picked onthe usual dates, starting the 20th ofSeptember. It reveals a shy, austere andelegant nose, slowly developing notes ofwhite flowers, herbs and peach with atouch of lanolin, perhaps the sharpestvintage so far. It’s a white of finesse.5,952 bottles were filled in May 2020.”– Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate
“Branco de Santa Cruz is an authentic
Galician single-village wine.
“Branco,” which means white in Gallego,
comes from vineyards scattered throughout
the village of Santa Cruz in O Bolo
county, located in the Val do Bibei in
the southern part of the Valdeorras appellation.
A blend of old godello,
treixadura, doña blanca, and palomino varieties
from traditional co-planted,
bush-trained vines on granitic soil, locally
called sábrego. Terraced vineyards
perched between 400 to 600 meters above
the Bibei river are planted on steep
slopes facing south, west, and northwest.
Branco de Santa Cruz shows off godello’s
textural similarities with white Burgundy;
however, it comes across as more Mediterranean,
with aromatic herbs, white
flowers, hay, and honeycomb, with good
volume and balanced acidity.
Viticulture is organic, and the grapes
are hand-harvested. Wines are made with
low intervention and minimal sulfur at
bottling. Branco de Santa Cruz is extremely
Vinification - Following a manual harvest,
fermentation begins spontaneously
with native yeasts in oak barrels and
foudres of various sizes. The wine is
then aged for ten months in these same
vessels before bottling.