Marqués de Riscal is one of the oldest Rioja wineries. Founded in Elciego (Álava) in 1858 by Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, from the outset it has been a point of reference in the winemaking business at both national and international level. Bodegas de Los Herederos del Marqués de Riscal S.L. has 225 hectares of vineyards of more than 15 years, planted with among other grapes, the indigenous Verdejo variety. A versatile grape with a lot of character and personality, it is very well suited to the extreme conditions of the region, allowing to produce fresh young wines or cask-fermented whites.
The Verdejo grape is steamed and cooled and left to macerate in order to extract the maximum aroma from the skins and increase the smooth oiliness of the wine. The must, once fined and clear undergoes slow fermentation at a controlled temperature of between 13ºC and 15ºC for 20 days, in order to preserve the varieties characteristic fruitiness. After a time of maturation, the wine will be bottled between January and March in the year following the harvest.
A bright, straw-yellow colored wine. As you expect from a Verdejo wine, on the nose it has high aromatic intensity, with tropical fruit and hints of fennel and fresh grass. In the mouth, it is both syrupy smooth and refreshing, with a slightly bitter finish which is typical of the variety making it long and pleasant to drink. Overall it is a fresh, well-balanced wine.
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