Awarded 91 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).
Juan Gil, Shaya Arindo Verdejo 2019 - May 2021 Decanter review
Shaya was the realisation of Miguel Gil's dream to make authentic Verdejo wines from authentic vines. As such he set out in search of the finest pre-phylloxera vineyards he could. In 2008 he made the first vintage but still didn't have a name. Just at that moment a local wildlife centre had rescued a small deer and named it Shaya. Just as the rescue centre saw something worth saving in the striking deer, Miguel had seen the same in these old forgotten vineyards and as such, the name was born. This particular vineyard is located to the west of Segovia. The vines are planted on sandy soils covered by river gravel.
In the stronghold of the rich whites of Rueda, the experience one hundred percent Verdejo originates . These wines with multiple mineral aromas and balanced acidity come from a selection of aged vines, grown on sandy soils covered with pebbles in this land of literary rivers. The vineyards treasure some of the jewels of the Spanish oenological heritage, such as the free-standing vineyards, which guarantee the varietal genetics in its purest form and a high quality of the wine. Noah's ark of the Verdejo grape.
With an attractive straw yellow color, it presents a balanced and pleasant aromatic set in which elegant floral and ripe fruit notes stand out. It is balanced and well structured on the palate, appreciating sweet and fine notes of white fruits (banana, apple) and stone (apricot) with light and refreshing acid notes that balance a tasty and long finish on the palate.