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The White Stuff (Rueda, Spain)

Not too long ago, there was a region to the south-west of the Ribera del Duero that produced a wine very similar to that of Jerez. Just like their colleagues down south they grew palomino, a very fast ripening high yielding variety that they harvested early with plenty of acidity, and then made wine in the flor based solera system in the sun. That was until the Rioja winery Marques de Riscal came in search of a region to produce white wine, and found some very old indigenous verdejo vines. Seeing the potential for the wines here, they cultivated vines and began to produce crisp fresh white wines that captured the imagination and the palates of Spanish wine drinkers, particularly in warmer weather when full-bodied reds can be a little unforgiving. Soon the region flourished as more producers began producing wine in the region, particularly important people like Telmo Rodriguez, and suddenly Spain had found its new white wine region. The second wave occurred towards the end of the 1990s as some vintners began fermenting and ageing verdejo wines in barrels, and a new style was created.
The soils and stones of Rueda

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Belondrade y Lurton – 22/06/2012

Quinta Clarisa Rosado 2011 (100% tempranillo, made like a white wine with the lees of Belondrade)
Nice savoury notes coupled with the freshness of strawberries and cherries. Lovely colour. Great structure, mouthfeel, good texture with some tannins and lees influence, vibrancy of red fruits, some crispness on the front, a touch of citrus notes. Nice and round, mouth-filling flavours, perfect balance between savoury and fruit sweet/freshness. Easy to drink and with great personality.

Quinta Apolonia Verdejo 2011
Lovely bright floral notes, rich ripe stone fruits and some, very delicate honey creaminess. Full expressive generous fruit, vibrant texture, some tightness and crispness on the middle of the palate, wonderfully rich and broad, nice volume and texture, quite concentrated and intense but very fresh with great lines and finesse.

Belondrade y Lurton Verdejo 2010
Amazingly complex, somewhat closed, a little salty on the nose, a touch of the seashell influence, delicate yellow and white floral notes, citrus and white peach. Quite dense and powerful for a white wine, concentration and volume. Texture weight and complex oak characteristics, nice spicy toast elements. A three-dimensional wine, perfect for ageing but very enjoyable now. Not at all over the top, a little tropical on the back.

Belondrade y Lurton Verdejo 2008
Slightly more developed nose, showing some bottle-aged characters, more lees derived notes showing through. Fuller yet finer and more precise on the palate, deeper and creamier texture, oak starting to integrate beautifully, very late slightly sweet stone fruit complementing the fresh citrus elements. As the fruit has softened the alcohol is looking a little more prominent.

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