Duquesa de Valladolid Rueda Verdejo 2018
A wine with youthful hues, tropical aromas and a crisp acidity on the palate. Characteristic of the Verdejo variety with a balanced, lively finish.
2018 was a complex year with a generally cold, wet spring delaying budbreak and the damp weather during flowering leading to higher than usual incidences of mildew in the vineyard. Early summer was initially rainy, but a hot August allowed the vines to catch up and ripening occurred gradually through the cooler than usual September which helped the grapes achieve great balance and flavour. Generally, the 2018 vintage was a generous harvest producing fresh wines with lower alcohols than recent years.
Grapes were harvested at night to ensure that optimum freshness was preserved. The grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed prior to fermentation, which was at low temperatures for three weeks in order to obtain maximum aromatic extraction. The wine was then subject to post-fermentative lees ageing prior to bottling to bring out a slightly savoury note.
Grapes are grown in vineyards situated at 600 to 800 metres above sea level, where the trellis system has been adopted for 15 to 30 years. The soils are composed of gravel and are poor in organic matter with low water retention.Allowing for stress on the vines, producing greater concentration of both fruit and complexity within the berries.
Duquesa de Valladolid is Sogrape’s project in Rueda, the Spanish region which is currently in vogue for crisp and aromatic white wines. Winemaker Luisa Freire is an expert in handling aromatic grape varieties, having previously worked at Santiago Ruiz in Rías Baixas. She uses her viticultural and winemaking know-how to elevate the aromatic intensity of Verdejo to a new level.
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The wine is light yellow in colour with youthful hues. On the nose, it has tropical aromas of pineapple accompanied by white flowers and hay. On the palate, it has crisp acidity, characteristic of the Verdejo variety and a balanced, lively finish.