In a nutshell: A soft and smooth yet fresh and clean white from Galicia, on the border with northern Portugal.
The lowdown: Godello, the grape variety used, is native to this area and is now undergoing something of a renaissance since the 1980s when it nearly ceased being cultivated. It makes well structured, taut dry whites and it's great to see more of them. This example from Pazos del Rey is packed full of red apple, melon, pear and ripe lemon flavours. It's vibrant yet not sharp in anyway with a lightly bitter twict at the finish.
When to drink: The fresh minerality and ripe fruit character make it good on it's own or paired with salmon, seafood, chicken or crisp salads.
The Val de Monterrei is an area of unique microclimates in south-east Galicia. It is the only Galician region that lies in the basin of the river Duero. The river Támega, a well-known tributary of the Duero, cuts through the region from north to south, moulding its slate and granitic landscape.
Pazos del Rey owns 25 hectares of vineyard on the valley's slopes, and it's from here and the winery in the village of Vilaza that Susana Pérez produces stunning wines from the local grapes: Godello, Treixadura and Mencia. She and her team dedicate themselves to teasing out the very best from these complex and exciting grape varieties.