On Thursday Tim hosted a fascinating virtual tasting of white wines from Rueda, one of Spain’s top white wine producing regions. Here are his pick of the bunch, many of which you can track down to buy and enjoy:
2019 Beronia Veredjo (13%)
Clean, fresh and fruity with appealing boiled sweets and nectarine flavours, some leesy texture, a bitter almond finish and vibrant, thirst-quenching acidity.
2019 Palacio de Bornos (13%)
Textbook, youthful, cool-fermented Verdejo, showing the concentration of old bush vines, zesty grapefruit and greengage flavours and a bone dry, almost salty finish.
2019 Javier Sanz Malcorta (13%)
Made from the rare Verdejo Malcorta clone, this is a focused, taut, intensely mineral style of Rueda with fennel aromas, pear and lemon zest flavours and bracingly fresh acidity.
The Enoteca bottling was picked early in 2017 to retain vital acidity in such an early year. Evolving appealingly in bottle, it has notes of beeswax and honey and a rich, creamy palate.
2019 Naia Verdejo (13.5%)
£11.65 (currently on offer normal RRP £12.95) The Wriggly Tin Wine Company
Skilfully marrying oaked and unoaked components, this is a leesy, textured, pear and aniseed flavoured Verdejo with subtle vanilla spice and a pithy, satisfying finish.
One of the most ambitious Rueda whites, this barrel-fermented Verdejo has the concentration of old vines to balance the oak. Creamy, spicy and very intense.
2017 Belondrade y Lurton (14%)
Always among the most age-worthy Ruedas, Belondrade y Lurton is rich, peachy and aromatic with lots of oak, masses of texture and concentration and supporting acidity.
And, check out the website at tasterueda.uk to find independents local to you stocking other wines from DO Rueda.
Tim Atkin MW has his own website with articles, wine recommendations and much more at www.timatkin.com