2016 was an unusual vintage in Rueda. Abundant rainfall through the previous fall and winter resulted in high soil moisture content going into a cold spring. Despite delayed budding, a warm, dry summer made up for lost time. In fact by September, harvest was one of the warmest in recent memory. Many of the resulting wines are rounded and intense with a lush nose, with good structure and lifted acidity.
To make this rich white, the must was cold-macerated on the skins for eight hours, which enhances the Verdejo’s characteristic aromatics. Following a cool, slow fermentation, the wine remained on the fine lees, which develops structure and depth.
The finished wine is intensely aromatic with ripe apple, white pear, tropical fruit, notes of fennel and hay, and a background of white flowers. The palate is fresh, elegant, smooth, and well-structured, complex and persistent through the finish with pleasant bitter notes, as is typical of this variety.
Gold Medal, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, 2017