In the Rueda region of north-interior Spain, harvest typically begins mid-September with Sauvignon Blanc, followed soon after by Verdejo and Viura, the main varieties of the area. This is a rich, tropical white made entirely of old-vine Verdejo, around 35 years old. The vines are planted in the rolling stone soils of Serrada in the heart of the appellation.
After gentle pressing, the juice is cold-macerated on the skins for eight hours, which enhances Verdejo’s characteristic ripe, floral nose. Following a cool, slow fermentation, the wine remained on fine lees, which developed 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.
“Lifted and bright with sliced-apple, salt and peach aromas and flavours. Medium to full body. Slightly oily. But flavourful and delicious. Drink now.”
91 points, JamesSuckling.com, July 2019