Pale yellow-gold. Intensely perfumed, complex nose displays sweet pea, fresh lime, grapefruit, anise, herbs and white flowers. Vibrant, nervy citrus flavours are complicated by thyme, liquorice and white pepper, with bracing, quartz-like minerality adding verve. The finish clings tenaciously, repeating the mineral and floral notes. Weightless, precise and impressively persistent, with a filigree quality that is really alluring. Perfect with a spread of cured meats, creamy cheeses and crusty bread or for the more adventurous a batch of calamary frito.
The emergence of Rueda as a prestigious white wine region is the story of a unique grape called Verdejo. Although among only a small handful of truly noble Spanish white varieties, it was in danger of extinction by the early 1970s due to pervasive planting of more prolific producers such as Viura and Palomino. Angel Rodríguez saved the shy-bearing, thick-skinned Verdejo through loving refusal to uproot his 17th-century vineyard, Martínsancho. For his untiring efforts in favor of reestablishing Verdejo's prominence in its region of origin he was officially honored by King Juan Carlos.