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(2013) Rueda is the source of much inexpensive, Sauvignon Blanc-lookalike wine, but there are some fascinating and more serious examples too. This unoaked example from old busg vines planted at 800 metres has requisite passionfruit and elderflower intensity and pungency, but brims with a distinctive orange filled palate, the grapefruit juiciness of the acidity beautifully managed - not pithy, just fresh, juicy and vital.
(2013) >From Rueda, this is vibrantly gooseberry and elderflower bright, with a really vivacious punch. On the palate it has that ripe, juicy passionfruit appeal, but I also like the crispness, tang and dryness of the finish.
(2012) A lot of the Verdejo you'll find on supermarket shelves is being made by Norrel Robertson in Castilla y Leon and Rueda in the north of Spain. This in many ways is typical, with its overtly passionfruity and elderflower aromas, which stop nicely short of becoming 'sweaty', as some lime-like precision comes through. On the palate it is dry and bursting with flavour, all centred around cool apple fruit, any threat of moving into sweeter, more exotic territory quickly checked by a massively dry, pithy lemon core of acidity.
(2011) 100% Verdejo, from 20-year-old vines, stays on lees for several months. Darker colour, and a touch of pineapple and custard on the nose. Plenty of that vivid tropical fruit, fewer green notes. On the palate has a very rich mouth feel, with a massive hit of sweet fruit and a lots of silkiness. Again a good apple and grapefruit acidity freshens this, but it has huge presence with a tangerine, exotic punch.
(2011) 100% Verdejo from 40-year-old vines, fermented and spending 5 - 6 months in French oak, actually from Alliers, not Limousin, in 300-litre format. Plenty of toasty vanilla notes, with the creamy oak prominent at this stage with custardy richness and a little touch of Verdejo leafiness. The palate is drier than the Montico with a food friendly, racy finish of lemon and mineral acidity.
(2011) Leafy, elderflower notes with a SB-like pungency and hint of smokiness. The palate has loads of citrus, with tangerine and lime and an exotic hint, and lovely shimmering length.
(2011) 85% Verdejo, 15% Viura. Bright, ferny, pea pod aromatics, with grapefruit and a touch of lychee and grapefruit peel. Bold, fruity palate with good tropical fruit sweetness and a grapefruit acidity soon sweeps it up with that slightly bitter Verdejo nip in the finish. Mouth-filling, but crisp and well-balanced.
(2006) An old favourite still on form with a vivid, pungent nose of herb and gooseberry fruit, and plenty of verve and punch on the palate. Excellent pungency and vibrancy, with tangy fruit, vivid acidity and plenty of impressive punch.
(2005) Fabulous nose, loaded with vibrant, crunchy nettle and asparagus, leafy tang but also that big, solid, wonderfully lush nectarine and smoky, full almost mango and lychee like topicality. Tangy, vibrant, full-on tangerine and vivid, ripe tropical fruit with all sorts of fleshy mango and pineapple juiciness and depth and a terrifically tangy finish. A real star.
(2000) Fresh greengage and lime fruit with plenty of zesty, slightly tropical aromatics and some floral notes. Nice balance on the palate, medium-bodied and plenty of fruit and freshness. The Lurtons are the ubiquitous flying winemakers and this is a typical product, and I have to say, very competently presented. Delicous quaffing stuff.
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