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Esmeralda Garcia, SantYuste Verdejo 2020
Castilla Y Leon
Beautiful golden colour. The Nose has a lovely concentration, jasmine flowers, waxy honeyed citrus fruit. Palate is refreshingly dry, with an amazing concentration, ripe fruit core and grapefruit pith.
SantYuste Paraje Vayuste is a white wine made with Verdejofrom vineyards that are between 140 and 200 years old, located in the area of Vayuste at 800 metres of altitude, planted on sandy soils with sodium compounds.
The harvest is performed by hand. Once in the winery, the grapes go through a gentle skin-contact maceration for a few hours. After this, they are gently pressed and the resulting must is fermented in clay jars (tinajas) with native yeasts. Once the fermentation has finished, they remain in these jars for 6 months with their fine lees. It is bottled without clarifying nor filtering and with no added sulphites
Esmeralda García was born in Segovia, but her family comes from Santiuste de San Juan Bautista, a small village with 500 inhabitants that is part of the DO Rueda. Like other villages in the province of Segovia with distinctive sandy soils, Santiuste boasts a precious heritage of pre-phylloxera Verdejo vines.
Esmeralda has worked for leading producers in the area like Avelino Vegas (also based in Satiuste) and consults for Finca Caraballas, an organic estate in Medina del Campo (Valladolid). Her heart though lies with her family wines. She grows just under five hectares of extremely old Verdejo vines, aged between 140 to 210, according to her estimations. These grapes are the basis of a relatively large range of natural wines sold under the VT Castilla y León seal. “In a good vintage we may have yields of 3,500 kg per hectare,” she points out.
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