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One of Spain's higher quality white grape varieties which languished in obscurity for several hundred years before being rediscovered 15 years ago. It is a native grape of Rueda in North-west Spain and is now its principal white grape variety. It is most successfully cultivated in high altitude vineyards where the soils are calcareous and well drained.
Previously Verdejo-based wines were worryingly prone to premature oxidation. However techniques including night-time harvesting, cool fermentation and the use of an inert gas blanketing have led to the delicate and youthful aromatic freshness of the wines being preserved. It is often blended with Sauvignon Blanc to add body and richness to Sauvignon's aromatic lift. Its finest manifestation is Rueda Superior, which must contain a minimum of 85% Verdejo.
Typically Verdejo dominated wines are crisp with soft, creamy, nutty overtones, and sometimes accompanied by notes of honey. Arguably Spain's finest white grape variety.
The energetic siblings Oscár, Amelia and Roberto Aragón, already making very fine wines in Ribera del Duero, have extended their repertoire in a westerly direction, to the DO of Rueda to be precise. Verdejo is a grape variety with a long and generally honourable history; its tendency, as with many aromatic varieties, to oxidise quickly, led to a dip in appreciation in recent years. Latterly, however, this has been addressed with more controlled use of stainless steel and careful monitoring of the fermentation temperatures. And now one can finally appreciate what Verdejo is all about….in essence a combination of fine aromatics and real weight, with a spicy kick at the back. The aromatics bring to mind spring flowers and apricots, with hints of grapefruit evidenced; this complexity is carried forward to the palate, where the fruit is rounded and juicy, with generous passion fruit flavours and hints of nutmeg and quince. A wine combining freshness and complexity, youth and the semblance of maturity in a manner which is particular to this fascinating variety. Simon Field MW, Wine Buyer
Case price (12)
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Bottle 12 x 75cl