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La Misión 2015, a wine with great future

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This, our second vintage, made from old vine Verdeja from the municipality of Pollos, has just been released.

2015 was hot though not nearly as dry as 2017 and the grapes ripened perfectly following a very long but totally healthy vegetative cycle.

Selective irrigation, as per this year’s vintage, therefore played an important part in ensuring homogenous ripening not least because this was a year in which the all-important difference between our day/night temperatures during the maturation period was not differentiated enough and natural freshness and brightness of aromas and flavours was by no means the order of the day.

Yet again, with conditions against us, we are therefore most pleased with the balance we achieved: fundamentally good acidity but low PH.

Alcoholic fermentation was effected in stainless steel on the basis of purely wild yeasts followed by some 10 months in a combination of 500 litre French oak butts and a variety of ceramic amphorae made largely from our local clay.

Less exuberant aromatically than its predecessor, our 2015 is nonetheless much more subtle with pronounced minerality, and we think it will be a great one to cellar. It achieved 94 points in Peñín Guide.

 

 

The drought decreases the harvest 2017

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This vintage at Menade has been the earliest that anyone in the Sanz family can recall; and the lack of rain, together with the heat, have resulted in a shortfall of some 30%, with the total volume of grapes harvested between our various vineyards and varieties amounting to 1.295,000 kilos.

Given the unusually high Spring temperatures as well as such a hot summer, not to mention the drought, our wines will consequently be characterized by their richness and ripe fruit – along similar lines to 2016 – and in contrast to the fresh, citrusy styles of earlier, cooler years.

Pronounced minerality will also be an important element of their make-up, reflecting the nature of our terroir; and so, as ever, they will represent and reflect the natural expression of this (challenging) vintage.

In addition, and despite said complications, we’re delighted to tell you – on the basis partly of on-going lab analyses and partly on the rigorous tasting of our many batches during different stages of fermentation – that these will be wines of impeccable balance. This we attribute not only to our most specific and respectful natural vineyard practices, one element of which was our discreet and most selective irrigation at various stages of plant development throughout the cycle and which this year often involved treating the irregular behaviour of different parts of individual vines – never mind taking into account the individuality of our multifarious plots.

With all this in mind, you may well not be surprised to learn that we were the first winery in Rueda to harvest: specifically with our Sauvignon Blanc, kicking off as early as August 16th – our objective to obtain a relatively modest alcohol level of 12-13°, good acidity (6 grammes a litre of Tartaric) and a PH of 3.2/ 3.4.

Our many individual batches have at this point finished their spontaneous alcoholic fermentation(s), and as per the above are going to be dense, flavoursome and mouth-filling with a predominance of ripe fruit flavours but agreeable counterbalancing salinity and vibrancy too.

Asia in Autum

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Our busy Autumn starts in October with events primarily in Spain and China, and, in addition to presenting our wines, we’re planning to excite and enthuse everyone re the possibilities of wine tourism.

Accordingly, October 25th, we’ll be at the 5th Grand Tasting of Top Wines From Spain, in  Shanghai, which takes place at the Renaissance Shanghai Zhongshan Park Hotel; moving on to Beijing the very next day  to be part of the Vinos de Castilla y León Showroom at the Swissôtel. If you’re attending the latter, please sign up in advance for the seminar aimed at specialist Chinese importers, sommeliers, wholesalers and press during which we’ll be presenting our most excellent Dulce de Menade 2016.

The tour afterwards moves on to el Salón de Vinos de España in Tokyo, from October 29th thru November 2nd; and from there we’ll be in Manila, where we have all manner of interesting meetings set up in order that we at last add the Philippines to our increasing spread of export markets; winding up in Hong Kong, at the International Wine & Spirit Fair, from November 7th thru 11th. Come and see us there in Hall 3D, Stand B25.

Meantime, simultaneously, on October 30th, we’ll be, as ever, with our faithful Seville distributor – Vinos Flores – at el Salón de Grandes Blancos;

Beyond this, we’ll yet again be dividing forces to – on November 9th – attend on the one hand Bikazi Vinos, in Bilbao’s bodacious Palacio de Euskalduna and on the other the Fira de Vins de Classic Vins in Andorra.

We are, however, a small and energetic team; so November 11th thru 12th finds us in Belgium: not just, as ever, at Les Caves Bordeaux annual tasting in Knokke – Hesit but simultaneously, one the same dates, at Vinifera Fine Wines´Tasting Days in Tongeren.