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Orden Tercera Verdejo 2011

Posted: December 11, 2012 in Spain
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Orden Tercera Verdejo 2011

Vintage: 2011

Style: Dry White

Country: Spain

Region: Rueda

 

Overview: ‘Tis the season to scramble around frantically with the hordes, pointing at useless objects such as a vase that doubles as a fully functioning dinosaur robot yelling in pure panic, ‘Do you think such-and-such would like that?’ ‘Tis the season to fumble around on the internet buying presents from Bulgaria, hoping and praying that it gets here in time for Christmas. ‘Tis the season to put reindeer antlers on your pets and lower their self-esteem by forcing them to pose for you so that you can exploit them for your homemade Christmas cards.  ‘Tis the season to put your feet up and enjoy a damn fine drop from Spain.

Verdejo is an aromatic, elegant variety that matches well with seafood and light chicken dishes and is predominantly grown in the Rueda region of Spain. It’s a great alternative to varieties like Riesling, Verdelho and Semillon.

 

Tasting note: A lifted, fresh nose which includes aromas of straw, peach and melon. On the palate there is the typical talc character with hints of white flesh nectarine and jasmine flowers. The finishes clean and flinty yet creamy at the same time.

 

Final Say: Chill out, and have a glass of Verdejo. $26 dollars a bottle.

Score: 18 out of 20 (90 out of 100)

 

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Martinsancho Verdejo 2010

Vintage: 2010

Style: Dry White

Country: Spain

Region: Rueda

 

Overview: I was once told that any variety beginning with ‘V’ is a hard sell. This was about five years ago, I disagreed then and disagree now. While I admit this may have been true in Australia 15 years ago and while I agree varieties like Viognier, Verdelho and Verduzzo will never sell the volume that Sauv Blanc, Shiraz and Chardonnay do I believe as we become more educated about these ‘strange’ varieties we learn exactly where they will fit in our wine collections. After all the are almost as many varieties starting with ‘V’ then there are starting with any other letter (this may be an exaggeration but there are around 27 varieties that start with ‘V’).

Verdejo is a variety that is typically grown to make an oxidised, Sherry-like wine. In Rueda, Spain they use the variety to make a great table wine which is slowly gaining popularity. When made as a table wine Verdejo herbaceous and has lovely tropical characters. I have read that it ages quite well but I have never had a chance to taste a cellared Verdejo.

 

Tasting note: A tropical nose, white nectarine and pineapple. White stone fruit on the palate, rich and full initially yet delicate and elegant on the finish. A great food wine.

 

Final Say: The Martinsancho Verdejo is often used referred to as a benchmark Verdejo, I agree wholeheartedly. Eat with seafood of creamy chicken dishes and you’ll appreciate this variety all the more. It sells for approx. $35 a bottle.

 

Score: 17 out of 20 (85 out of 100)

 

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