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Light bright yellow. Aromas of Meyer lemon and green apple are accented by suggestions of chalky minerals and sea salt. Dry and racy on the palate, offering lively citrus fruit and fresh fig flavors and a subtle touch of tarragon. Closes on a juicy note, featuring resonating stoniness and very good focus and length.
About the producer
Oro de Castilla is a wine made by Bodegas Hermanos del Villar in the Rueda DO region. Made in a classic style which showcases the bright, fresh and mineral flavors of the Verdejo grape, this wine has been called “a textbook Verdejo” by renowned wine critic Josh Raynolds of Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar. Oro de Castilla means “the Gold of Castile” in English. Mr. Raynolds isn't the only one; many people consider Oro de Castilla a reference point Verdejo. In its certification class for SWE (Spanish Wine Educator), The Spanish Wine Academy presents Oro de Castilla as a “best example” Verdejo for its section on the Rueda region. This wine's exceptional quality is rooted in two characteristics that make this vineyard unique in the region and impart a distinctive brightness and minerality. It is located at a high elevation, overlooking the town of Rueda, planted in a bed of river stones covering a limestone subsoil. The vines are among the oldest in the region, with deep root systems that penetrate the limestone and mineral subsoils.
Stirring of the lees (batonnage) is a technique used to enrich the wine during ageing in stainless steel tanks. The river stones in the vineyards create a better equilibrium of ripeness during Rueda's cool nights. Fermented utilizing the grapes own indigenous yeasts. Nighttime harvesting maintains freshness and minimizes oxidation.
100% Verdejo. Organically grown vines planted from 1989 - 2009. Tended in sandy and river stone soil at 719 m (2,359ft) elevation. This is a vegan wine.
The wine is aged in stainless steel tanks for 3 months, with daily stirring of the lees (batonnage) to enhance the texture and mouthfeel of the wine. After ageing, the wine is filtered and bottled.