White grapes


Verdejo


YEAR OF VINEYARD: 1990

 

This variety is of unknown origin and has been grown in the Rueda Designation of Origin for centuries. It is thought to have arrived in the area in the 9th century. At the time, the Duero basin was occupied by Cantabrians, Basques and Mozárabes, so the latter most probably imported the Verdejo variety from North Africa.

 

The vine has a small-medium size pentagonal leaf, with a medium-sized petiolar sinus which barely opens out, a hairless underside, and nerves and petiole with little or no hair. The clusters (racemes) are medium-sized, with a very short stem. Berries are also medium-sized, short, usually spherical or elliptical, and the seeds tend to be large, and can easily be seen when the grape is held up to the light.

 

The aroma and flavour of Verdejo grapes has nuances of low mountain scrub, with fruity touches and excellent acidity. The extract, which is used to add personality to great white wines, is perceived through its volume and characteristic bitter touch, accompanied by great fruity expression.


Sauvignon Blanc


YEAR OF VINEYARD: 1990

 

This variety, which originated from France's Loire valley, is also found in numerous grape and wine producing areas around the world.

 

It adds a floral element to the wine, with scents of grapefruit and passion fruit, as opposed to the flinty touch of the Loire’ Sauvignon, a difference due mainly to a greater exposure to the sun compared with the Loire region and Bordeaux. However, they share the same short growth period, which in the French region is due to the northern latitude and, in Castile, to the region’s altitude.

 

It has a small, pentagonal leaf, small, compact clusters and a broad elliptical berry which ripens faster than the others.


Chardonnay


YEAR OF VINEYARD: 1990

 

Originating in Burgundy, France, Chardonnay is considered the queen of white grapes.

 

Its wines are characterised by a slight smoky aroma and provide very good oak-aged results due to its high dryness and low oxidation levels.

 

Cluster are small and medium-sized, no more than 10 cm long, cylindrical and compact.

 

The berries are medium, oval, small, golden yellow with fairly narrow leaves and consistent pulp. They ripen early.


Viura


YEAR OF VINEYARD: 1990

 

Viura is typically associated with the Rioja region. This variety was introduced in the 1950s, a period when white wine was still cask-aged.

 

This was also a time when the virtues of Verdejo were still to be discovered and Viura lent an aristocratic touch to Castilian table wines, and was grown to be used in the making of both full-bodied and table wines.

 

This variety, which is known as Macabeo in Catalonia, has a medium-large pentagonal-shaped leaf which is web-like and hairy on the underside. The clusters are medium-large and the sweet and sour berries are round and ripen more slowly. Viura is blended with Verdejo grapes to produce white “Rueda” wines to make them lighter with an acid touch.


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