Awarded 90 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).
Bodegas Naia, Naiades Verdejo (barrel fermented) 2016 - May 2021 Decanter review
Located on the left bank of the River Duero, the winery dedicates itself to the production of high quality white wines from their meticulously-cared-for vineyards, most of which were planted more than 40 years ago in the destrict of La Seca, one of the most highly renowned cru of the region. With its 23.5 ha of vineyards, and through working closely with local growers, it also has access to vineyards beetween 80 and 130 years old.
Since the first vintage in 2004, Bodegas Naia has established itself as one of Rueda’s star producers. Winemaker Eulogio Calleja crafts wines with great depth which, like the striking labels, stand out from the crowd. While most modern Rueda tends to be in a simple, aromatic, technological style, here the maturity of the vines, strict grape selection and extended lees ageing give wines with delicacy, ripe yet restrained stone fruit characters, lovely texture and the ability to age.
This is an extraordinary, barrel-fermented wine from ancient, pre-phylloxera Verdejo vines, widely regarded as one of Spains finest white wines.
These fine grapes come from 5 acres of ungrafted, bush-vine Verdejo planted on the sandy soils of La Seca, widely regarded as the finest cru in Rueda back in the 19th century. Barrel fermentation, and 8 months ageing in all new, 500-litre, French oak barrels.
See also the blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.
Naiades Verdejo (barrel-fermented) 2016 - fiche technique
Intense aromatics of ripe melon and pears balanced by leesy, yeasty notes. The palate is soft and textural with well-integrated, toasty oak characters, kiwi and grapefruit acidity and impecable balance. A deliciously bitter twist on the finish maintains the interest right though to the next sip.