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Las Olas Verdejo, Rueda 2013

White Wine from Spain
Aromatic and mouthwatering white from Menade's organically certified vineyards in Spain's famous white wine region, Rueda. Its lemony acidity and peachy, grassy flavours are typical of good verdejo and similar to sauvignon blanc. Enjoy this as an aperitif. Unoaked.
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Code: SP8951

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Dry
  • Verdelho
  • 13% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Screwcap

Bodegas Menade

This winemaking project was launched in 2005 by the Sanz siblings – who have five generations of winemaking behind them, dating back to 1860.

While his brother Marco manages the vineyards and sister Alejandra oversees export and communications, the innovative Ricardo Sanz is in charge of winemaking, using the experience he gained working in Hungary, France and Chile. He works with The Society’s buyer for Spain, Pierre Mansour, to create a 100% verdejo called Finca Lallana (previously named Las Olas), which is exclusive to The Society.

Rueda, Spain’s most famous white wine region, is in the northwest of the country not far from the Portuguese border. Ricardo and his siblings have 160 hectares of organically farmed vines here – mostly verdejo with small amounts of sauvignon blanc, viura and tinta de toro – which are planted between the Duero and Zapardiel rivers on sandy clay soils.

The vineyards are at an altitude of 700 metres which offsets the intense heat that this inland region sees during summer time. As a result, Ricardo’s wines retain more natural acidity and freshness, which we think makes them especially appealing.

Grapes are hand picked before being transferred to temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. We choose to keep Finca Lallana unoaked so as not to mask the delicious fruity flavour of verdejo.

Spain Vintage 2013

Rioja had a difficult, challenging vintage. A cold spring developed into a summer interspersed with frequent rain. As a result there was much uneven ripening. However, things look promising as the harvest was protracted and the fruit that did ripen had plenty of time to do so, though hail at vintage time caused considerable damage (Contino picked just 10% of their crop). Those who picked before late rains made attractive, fresh and vibrant wines. Ribera del Duero had a cooler time of it over the growing season than is usual but in their case it led to good, even ripening across the board, with concentration and flavour being balanced by freshness and structure. In Priorato too, cooler conditions have led to wines with lovely fruit and freshness and the ability to age very well.

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Portsmouth News

Made from organicvineyards, this is really fresh with citrus and green herbal notes, followed bymouth-watering zesty acidity which goes fantastically with a pear and Serranoham salad. Another great value...
Made from organicvineyards, this is really fresh with citrus and green herbal notes, followed bymouth-watering zesty acidity which goes fantastically with a pear and Serranoham salad. Another great value Spanish wine.
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- Alistair Gibson

Belfast Newsletter

Mouth-wateringly ripeand gloriously refreshing. This fabulously fresh and fragrant drop hasexceptionally crisp acidity and an intensely fruity palate with intriguinghints of mineral... One for seafood or...
Mouth-wateringly ripeand gloriously refreshing. This fabulously fresh and fragrant drop hasexceptionally crisp acidity and an intensely fruity palate with intriguinghints of mineral... One for seafood or salads.
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- Raymond Gleugh

Western Mail

Delightfully crispwhite made from verdejo variety in Rueda in the centre of Spain. Ricardo Sanzuses organic grapes from vineyards 700m above sea level giving the wine itsdefined mineral sharpness. The...
Delightfully crispwhite made from verdejo variety in Rueda in the centre of Spain. Ricardo Sanzuses organic grapes from vineyards 700m above sea level giving the wine itsdefined mineral sharpness. The nose of fresh dessert pears makes way on thepalate to the more citrus drying note of grapefruit tones. Cracking withseafood and paella.
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- Neil Cammies

Press & Journal

Scents arereminiscent of green apple, lemon peel and melon with floral touches. In themouth it's zingy with a grapefruit and melon element.

- Carol Brown

Scotland on Sunday

The vineyard’saltitude ensures that this typical Spanish white also has some crisp,tangerine-centred acidity to balance its tropical fruit flavours. Couple allthat with sweeter spices on the finish...
The vineyard’saltitude ensures that this typical Spanish white also has some crisp,tangerine-centred acidity to balance its tropical fruit flavours. Couple allthat with sweeter spices on the finish and, by contrast, a pear-influencedopening, and the wine becomes surprisingly complex.
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- Brian Elliott

richardmccomb.com

Fruity, dry on thepalate with subtle apricot. Unoaked, floral but not blousy, pure, from verdejograpes, I’d happily drink this with some salty tapas.

- Richard McComb

Belfast Sunday Life

This verdejo iscompletely unoaked which allows its freshness and fresh fruity flavours toshine. Sauvignon blanc drinkers would love this as a change - go on, live alittle!

- Paula Gracey

York Press

Head to Spain’s Ruedawine region for an aromatic white made from the verdejo grape... It hasflavours of orchard fruit and grapefruit with a crisp, fresh acidity and somemineral notes on the finish....
Head to Spain’s Ruedawine region for an aromatic white made from the verdejo grape... It hasflavours of orchard fruit and grapefruit with a crisp, fresh acidity and somemineral notes on the finish. Try it if you usually choose sauvignon blanc. 
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- Mike Tipping

Sheffield Profile

Made from verdejograpes from vineyards 700m up a mountainside bringing crisp acidity and freshnessplus a vibrant aroma. Oranges and lemons are the predominant flavours - greatfor an Indian summer's...
Made from verdejograpes from vineyards 700m up a mountainside bringing crisp acidity and freshnessplus a vibrant aroma. Oranges and lemons are the predominant flavours - greatfor an Indian summer's day. Smooth and easy to drink too.
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- Richard Marsden

The Mail on Sunday

You don’t have to spend a fortune to revel in thesplendour of Verdejo from Rueda – just £6.50, and it’s as uplifting as a peachjuggling a family of baby lemons.

- Olly Smith

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