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Godello: panel tasting results

With regional character and fresh, approachable flavours, Godello should be high on the list for those in search of a reliably good Spanish dry white.

Sarah Jane Evans MW, Christine Parkinson and David Williams tasted 51 wines, with 3 Outstanding and 30 Highly Recommended.

Godello panel tasting scores

62 wines tasted

Exceptional 0

Outstanding 3

Highly recommended 30

Recommended 15

Commended 3

Fair 0

Poor 0

Faulty 0

Entry criteria: producers and UK agents were invited to submit their latest-release dry whites made from 100% Godello.

Choose Godello and you can’t go wrong. That was our verdict from a most enjoyable tasting.

From the top-left corner of Spain – Galicia and Bierzo – comes a white grape variety that retains a distinction wherever it grows. It’s as comfortable with oak as without. It covers the gamut of citrus flavours, but additionally can show layers of honey and apricots, as well as potentially offering a mineral or saline finish.

If Godello hasn’t been on your top five white wine list, include it now.

Scroll down for tasting notes & scores for the top-scoring Godello wines

The top-scoring Godello wines:

The judges

Sarah Jane Evans MW is an awarded journalist, author and broadcaster, and a DWWA Co-Chair. Author of The Wines of Northern Spain (Infinite Ideas, 2018), she is also chair of Spain’s Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino.

Christine Parkinson is co-founder of Brimful Drinks, developing products in the no- & low-alcohol sector. She was formerly at Michelin-starred Hakkasan Group for over 18 years as a buyer, latterly as its group head of wine. Numerous career awards include The Caterer’s Wine & Spirits Ambassador Catey in 2018.

David Williams is a regular contributor to Decanter on all things Spanish. He is wine correspondent for The Observer, deputy editor of The World of Fine Wine, and a columnist for trade magazine The Wine Merchant.

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