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'Wild ferment' organic and high altitude Verdejo - another beautiful example from Menade. Fresh stone fruit aromas with notes of fennel and thyme. The palate is ripe and texural with...
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'Wild ferment' organic and high altitude Verdejo - another beautiful example from Menade.

Fresh stone fruit aromas with notes of fennel and thyme. The palate is ripe and texural with white peach and herbal characters, balanced by crisp acidity and minerality.

Bodegas Menade was established in 2005 by Alejandra, Marco and Richard Sanz - the 6th generation of this wine-producing family - just a kilometre west of the village of Rueda. Their winery incorporates a cellar hewn out of the solid rock of La Seca at the beginning of the 19th century. Richard is the winemaker at the estate, whilst his brother Marco is the viticulturalist, and sister Alejandra looks after exports and communications.

Their philosophy is grounded in nature, and respect for the vineyards and terroir. All wines are certified organic, no sulphur or copper sulphate is used in their vineyards, and fermentation is with only natural yeasts present on the grape skins. This is a producer of seriously interesting and innovative Rueda wines; their portfolio focuses predominantly on Verdejo and includes the stunning 'La Mision', which is part fermented in tinajas (traditional clay fermenting vessels) made from clay from their own vineyards, and a (non-Jerez) Palomino Verdejo flor aged wine.

The Verdejo grapes are selected from parcels of vines, 20-25 years old, grown in pebbly, clay and chalky soils at between 700 and 800m altitude. Harvesting takes place by 3 different processes: part green daytime harvest by hand, part mechanised and part night-time harvest. Each parcel is vinified separately using wild yeasts in stainless steel. Fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature of 18-22ºC, and the wine remains on lees for a short period.

Try with baked fish with fennel.

Key Facts

Size
75cl
Grapes
Verdejo
Country
Spain
Region
Tierra de Castilla Y Leon
Vintage
2019
ABV %
13%
Organic
Yes
Vegan
Yes

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