La Bascula ‘Heights of the Charge’ Rueda Verdejo/Viura 2012

Other White from Spain
Review Date : 13-Oct-2013
‘The Heights of the Charge’ refers to the crossing of Rueda by Romans, medieval knights and pilgrims over the centuries. A blend of 70% Verdejo and 30% Viura, half fermented to 13.4% alc. and 0.82 g/L RS, and aged in French and American oak barrels. Made at the Diez Siglos de Verdejo cellar. Bright straw-yellow colour with lemon-gold hues, lighter on rim. The nose is very fresh with intense and well-concentrated aromas of tropical fruits with herbal hints and a floral-stonefruit lift. There is a subtle exoticism and honeysuckle richness, and the bouquet is classical Verdejo. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the racy and zesty mouthfeel is the feature. Steely, elevated acidity accentuates and enlivens the flavours of exotic tropical fruits and florals. The palate is tightly constructed, revealing nutty notes and a steeliness, along with a growing phenolic line that carries through to a long, crisp and dry finish. This is a crisp and steely Rueda Verdejo with exotic fruit and linear, textural palate. Match with seafood and poultry, and Mediterranean fare over the next 3-4 years. 18.0+/20 Sep 2013 RRP $21.99

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