Gregory Perez Brezo Godello 2020

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Sitting at the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea, is the Iberian Peninsula, a mountainous region most associated with the countries of Spain and Portugal. Its southern tip represents Europe's nearest point to Africa, and borders the only western entrance into the sea. Grégory Pérez’s winery is sitting in the highest, rockiest sites in the North-eastern part of the peninsula. An area called Bierzo. After years spent studying and applying his craft in some of Bordeaux's top Chateaus, Gregory was lured back to Spain by a friend's encouragement. It was a move that launched one of the most interesting wine producing projects in the region today.

Perez works his vineyards with traditional practices: ploughing the vineyards using cattle, eschewing chemical sprays, allowing the indigenous varieties to find harmony in their native environment with as little interference as possible. In the winery, those same themes continue, where native yeasts spark spontaneous ferments and the wines are allowed time to develop texture on lees before bottling.

This is similar to an Albarino in that it has fresh notes of salinity and citrus, however it has a bolder body and very smooth finish. Citrus, textural, saline. Made from the native varietal Godello, this rare grape delivers mouth-watering flavours of briny grapefruit and smoky minerality. It's a mouth-watering, juicy yet pulpy wine with preserved lemon, quinine and crunchy pear fruit and a wonderfully tonic finish. Textural yet thirst-quenching with savoury complexity on the driven finish.