Verdejo Quivira 2021
DO Rueda, Bodega Hermanos del Villar, 750 ml
In the nose, a wonderful fragrance of apricot, white peach and citrus fruits. Concentrated fruity taste with a hint of honey and fine herbaceousness. Extract-rich, lively white wine with a beautiful melt. Long, fresh-fruity finish.
|Origin:||Spain / Castilla y León / Rueda|
|Ripening potential:||1 to 3 years|
|Serving temperature:||10 to 12 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Italian antipasti, Grilled fish, Moules à la marinière, Seafood salad|
|Vinification:||short must fermentation, fermentation in steel tank, soft pressing|
|Maturation:||in steel tank, bâtonnage|
Spain’s top white
And yet, the country has few top white wines to offer. The northern Spanish region of Ruede produces one of the few exceptions. There, the highly aromatic Verdejo grape makes it home. According to lore, it was introduced in the 11th century by Mozarabs. These were the Christian inhabitants of southern Spain who, during Moorish rule, migrated to the free North. The potential of the Verdejo grape was only recognized in the 1970s. Before, it was mainly processed into intensified sweet wines – a shame as, in its dry version, it yields truly top wines. They are stout and full-bodied, with hefty acidity and expressive fruit and herbal notes. They often end on a hint of almond or nut.
Rueda: Everybody’s Darling
The crisp, fruity white wines from Rueda have become an export hit, and there is no end to this success story in sight. These primarily fruity white wines, matured in stainless steel tanks, come on the market just five months after harvest. The Rueda boom is based almost entirely on Verdejo, a variety long-established here. But the Sauvignon Blanc wines impress as well, with aromas typical of the variety and crisp freshness intrinsic to all Rueda wines.
Castilla y León
Castile and León: Increasing diversity
Only 30 years ago, the autonomous region of Castile and León was an almost blank spot on the European wine list. This has changed immensely thanks to three grape varieties. The Tempranillo variety yields feisty, strong wines in Ribera del Duero and Toro. And Bierzo, the small wine area in the region's northwest, has experienced an impressive ascent, thanks to the character-laden Mencia variety. Finally, the fresh and fruity Verdelho pressings from Rueda have become the most successful Spanish white wines.
Spain – Variety and perfection
“Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember...,” begins Don Quixote's odyssey.
The most famous part is definitely when Don Quixote thinks windmills are his enemy and wants to fight them – until they nearly kill him. It’s possible there was a bit too much of the La Mancha wine at play. Spanish vines fight for their survival in rugged landscapes, battling fierce drought and rough soils. But they fight well.