Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2021 edition panel test of Spain's indigenous whites (see blue link below for the review).
Vetus, Flor de Vetus Verdejo 2019 - May 2021 Decanter review
The Vetus Tinta de Toro and Verdejo are produced at two separate estates both within Castilla y León. The Tinta de Toro (the local name for Tempranillo) is produced from 20 hectares of old vines, located in Villabuena del Puente within Toro. It is a project which was started by Tempranillo experts Izadi in the Toro DO, with their first vintage in 2003. A recent addition to the range is the Flor de Vetus Verdejo, sourced from the Rueda DO which is renowned for its refreshing white wines.
The vineyards are located in the Segovia area of the Rueda DO which lies between Ribera del Duero to the east and Toro to the west. The old bush vines grow at an altitude of 800 metres above sea level in poor, sandy soils and produce very low yields of top quality Verdejo grapes which show brilliant freshness and excellent levels of natural acidity, rarely found in the grapes sourced from other nearby areas. The climate is continental with long winters and dry, hot summers.
The 2019 harvest started with an extremely dry winter. The low water reserves in the soil resulted in slow vegetative growth at the beginning of the season and a poor flowering. The 2019 production was 30% lower than the previous year due to the reduced number of bunches per vine and lower than usual bunch weight. However, the grapes that did ripen had excellent concentration of flavour and the fruit picked was of excellent quality.
The grapes were hand picked into small 20 kilogram boxes to ensure that they arrived at the winery in pristine condition. A cold pre-fermentation maceration on the skins and fermentation at low temperatures in stainless-steel tanks ensured the fresh varietal nature of the Verdejo grapes was retained in the final wine. After fermentation was complete, the wine stayed on its fine lees for a period to add extra complexity and structure.
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Bodegas Vetus, Flor de Vetus Verdejo 2019 - fiche technique
Bright yellow colour with green gleams. Intense and harmonious aromas and a rich fruit expression. Tropical fruits and citric notes on the palate, persistent aftertaste.