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Sauvignon Blanc fatigue?

A nice antidote to Sauvignon Blanc fatigue is the Spanish Verdejo grape (native to the high altitude of Rueda, and associated with some of the finest white wines from Spain).  The three Verdejo wines below have all the zingy, citrusy, crisp, mineral freshness of Sauvignon Blanc but are a little bit different, but not too different! Match to light seafood dishes. Give one a try!

Badajo Verdejo 2015, Bodega Gotica, Castilla Y Leon

One of the best priced Rueda whites you’ll find.  Super fresh citrus, floral and herbal style.  Attractive, juicy, crisp and very good value.

Montanar Verdejo 2015, Montanar, Castilla – La Mancha

A lighter more delicate style of Verdejo yet still full of zingy fruit and crisp drinkability.  Very clean tasting and fresh. Organic. £7.95

Montanar means ‘mountainous’, and the winery takes its name from the Serrania de Cuenca mountain range in Castilla-La Mancha. The wines come from the family run winery established by the three Parra brothers (Francisco, Javier and Luis) in 1993. The brothers had the foresight to move to organic and then biodynamic viticulture early. All of the grapes are grown both organically and biodynamically – the vineyards have been certified organic since 1997 and biodynamic since 2012 because the brothers feel they get the best fruit this way.

Javier Sanz Verdejo 2015, Bodega Javier Sanz, Castilla Y Leon

This is lovely.  Very stylish with an elegant and refined style.  Vibrant and aromatic with exotic fruits counterbalanced nicely by crisp acidity.  Characterful yet beautifully understated.  £11.95

“Javier Sanz’s vineyards are laid out in a mosaic of plots, farms and small vineyards, all within the Valladolid municipality of La Seca.  This plot (Villa Narcisa, a 40+year-old vineyard) is planted in bush vines. This method effectively keeps grapes near the ground, allowing them to ripen at night due to the heat retention of the soil and protecting them from the excess of heat and sunlight during the day. These vines are resistant to weather and disease but are labour intensive to harvest.”



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