Telmo Rodríguez ‘Basa’ Verdejo 2020
1 or more bottles$27.01
This is very much the modern face of Spain, being picked into small baskets, de-stemmed, must chilled and fermented in stainless steel. Biological viticulture, and no additions in the winery just perfectly balanced sugar/acid/tannin in the berry which is then carefully nurtured into balanced wine. Gorgeous texture without overt fructose, perfectly savoury minerality and really good length. Oh, yeah and some really yummy fruit, too.
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Spain is definitely one of the new-world players to keep an eye on. It is the land of old-vines, american oak and sherry! The main varieties grown in Spain are Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache) in the reds, and Airén, Viura/Macabeo, Verdejo and Albarino for the whites. Lesser grown whites include Palomino. Other reds successfully cultivated include Carignan, Mourvedre and Mencia.
Although Spain can be quite a warm country, the vast majority of vineyards are 600m or so above sea level, so the cooler nights allow the grapes to develop full colour and acidity.
Rioja is undoubtedly the long-standing king of all the Spanish wine regions, where Tempranillo and Garnacha are commonly blended. However more recently many more regions have come to the forefront of interest. Ribera Del Duero is producing excellent Tempranillo blends rivalling those coming out of Rioja. Jerez in the South is the home of the fortified wine Sherry.
Spanish wine laws created the Denominación de Origen (DO) system in 1932 and were later revised in 1970. These include:
- Denominación de Origen Calificada (formerly called DOCa) Priorat calls itself DOQ for Denominació d'Origen Qualificada in Catalan and has a track record of consistent quality and is meant to be a step above DO level.
- Denominación de Origen (DO)- Used for mainstream-quality wine regions. Nearly two thirds of the total vineyard area in Spain is within the boundaries of a DO region.
- Vino de Calidad Producido en Región Determinada (VCPRD) - This is somewhat of a stepping stone to DO status.
- Vinos de la Tierra (VdIT) - A level similar to France's vin de pays system, where the regions are much larger.
- Vino de Mesa (VdM)- The equivalent of 'table wines' from France or Italy
One of Spain’s leading wine subregions, Rueda sits between Toro and Ribera del Duero on a high, flat plain at altitudes from 600 and 780 metres above sea level. Here, the famed Duero River flows through the area from east to west. Its continental climate is similar to those of Toro and Ribera del Duero, with hot, dry summers (albeit with cool summer nights); cold winters; and low rainfall. Unlike its neighbours, however, Rueda produces nearly entirely white wines. These grapegrowing conditions help the grapes maintain their fresh acidity. The traditional grape variety here is Verdejo, with Sauvignon Blanc another of the region’s key grapes. These wines come in a range of styles, from simple and fruity to more complex, rich, and barrel-fermented options. Rueda Verdejos often boast medium acidity, medium alcohol levels, and green-fruit notes, such as pear and apple.
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