Thirty grapes in thirty days: Verdejo

Spanish Wine

Verdejo is the great white of Rueda, Spain. A grape that was once lost to ignorance until 15 years ago but now is Rueda’s greatest white varietal. Verdejo is prone to premature oxidation which means that the wine oxidises and becomes undrinkable. However the good people of Rueda have found ways to overcome this obstacle by harvesting the white grape either in the night or through cool fermentation.

Cool fermentation involves the yeast converting sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide at a slower rate than warm fermentation. Whilst this is a longer process it is a great method for white wine as it increases the aroma of each unique fruit within the wine.

Verdejo Vina Oropendola is a fantastic example of the Verdejo grape as the wine has an explosion of aromas which include melon, citrus and flowers. It is a full bodied with crisp acidity that refreshes the palate. It is a versatile wine that pairs well with fresh fish and king prawn dishes. Fennel crusted pork chops really bring out the personality of this wine!


by Rebekah Hilton

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