Madai personifies everything we admire about small, generational Spanish producers. Under the care of brothers Gonzalo and Daniel Amigo, this tiny estate of less than 7 acres still boasts vines from the original Mencía and Godello plots, now over one hundred years old. Walking the vineyards is the quintessential old world experience; the head-trained vines, on steep granite slopes, are dry-farmed and hand tended without sprays. Dedicated entirely to Mencía and Godello, the interspersed plantings yield a production of only a few thousand cases.
The Madai wines are a delight. Bierzo’s native red grape, Mencía, is wild and rustic – a clear deviation from Spain’s hotter-climate heavyweights. With Gamay-like aromatics and the spice and mineral of Cabernet Franc, it’s no wonder Mencía has recently emerged from decades of obscurity. Their Godellos spark the same sort of intellectual excitement any wine lover can appreciate; the best examples express the elegant neutrality of white Burgundy, mid-palate richness of Chenin Blanc, and the earthy, acid drive of Muscadet.
Youthful, fresh and elegant, this is Godello in its most direct form. The nose is lightly aromatic with a tart, citrus fruit profile. Herbal and almond notes fill out the mid palate before the mineral and acid drive home the finish.
Pair it With:
Great as an aperitif, this wine is also lovely alongside seafood and shellfish dishes.