About This Wine...
“right up there in terms of quality and value” John Wilson, Wilson on Wine 2018
When Jose Antonio Merayo realized his life-long dream to have his own winery in 1996, his choice of D.O. Rueda was not arbitrary. The Duero River flows through the region’s northwestern corner and several tributaries branch off from the river to form soils which are perfect for cultivating grapes. The region also enjoys a privileged climate with hot, dry days and cool nights that result in grapes with perfectly balanced levels of sugar and acidity. Today, Val de Vid owns 20 hectares of vineyards and controls another 60 hectares in the area of La Seca in the heart of Rueda, which are planted exclusively with the Verdejo variety. Using the latest technology combined with traditional vinification methods, they produce white wines of exceptional quality and a singular expression of their soil and climate.
THE H A R V E S T
The excellent sanitary status of the grapes and the correct ripeness of them predict very good quality prospects for the wines, although the production dropped due to the high temperatures registered during June and July, and the water stress suffered by the plants caused the average weight and size of the grapes to be less than the ones from the 2014 harvest. The harvest began on the night of the 25th of August with the Verdejo variety that has a shorter vegetative cycle and a fast
maturity. The campaign developed calmly, without significant rains and with important temperature differences between the day and night. The harvest was done according to the ripeness indexes of each plot, looking for the best balance between grade and acidity. This year the grapes have an excellent sanitary status. They will have more structure in the mouth in general, since the grapes gave a higher concentration. Therefore, the personality of Verdejo is expected to be even
V I N I F I CAT I O N
The must is cold macerated with the skins for eight hours at 7º C, enhancing the Verdejo’s characteristic aromas. Fermentation takes place at 14-16ºC, which helps to maintain and intensify the variety’s unique flavour. Afterwards, the wine
is kept in contact with the fine lees to strengthen its structure by providing fatty acids and more ample and glyceric sensations on the palate.
TA S T I N G N OT E S
Colour: Medium intensity straw yellow colour with deep green reflections. Bright and well presented.
Nose: Intense; fleshy white fruit (pear, apple) and tropical fruit predominate. Touches of herbs (hay, fennel), balsamic echoes and an aniseed flavoured background with notes of white flowers.
Palate: Fresh, elegant and smooth, but well structured. Tasty, aromatic and with easy entry into the mouth. Complex and persistent end with pleasantly bitter touches as is typical of this variety.
Food Matches: Perfect for rice dishes, smoked fish, salads, pastas with white sauces and white meats.
100% Verdejo from vines aged 25-30 Years Old
Serve at 8-10ºC