2018 Nisia Rueda Verdejo

2018 Nisia Rueda Verdejo

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Nisia Description

Bodegas Ordóñez works with exclusively ungrafted vineyards of Verdejo planted in the southeastern subzone of D.O. Rueda, the only part of the appellation that completely resisted phylloxera due to the sandy quality of the soils. The philosophy of the winery is to produce authentic Verdejo the old-fashioned way, by working with traditional vineyard sites and using old school winemaking techniques.

 

Jeb Dunnuck: 91 Points

Looking first at the 2018 Nisia, which is all Verdjo brought up in neutral barrels, this lively yet concentrated white has a richer nose of salted citrus, honeyed minerals, and toasted spices. These a carry to a medium-bodied white with a layered mouthfeel, plenty of fruit, and a terrific spine of acidity. It's beautifully done, has a touch of background oak, and is going to shine on the dinner table.

Denominacion de Origen

D.O. Rueda

Location

Santiuste de San Juan Bautista. This town is located in the province of Segovia, in the southeasternmost subzone of D.O. Rueda, which is the highest altitude zone and resisted phylloxera.

Varietal

100% Verdejo

Vineyards

Alto de la Rivilla, Cuesta de la Rivilla, & Pago Fuentecilla

Year(s) Planted

1920, 1921, 1942

Viticulture

Traditional dry farmed viticulture. Organic goblet trained vines (vaso system). Cultivated completely by hand. All of the vines used for Nisia are ungrafted, as this part of D.O Rueda is phylloxera resistant, due to the extremely sandy soils.

Soils

Extremely poor alluvial sandy soils from ancient riverbeds, with the presence of river stones.

Climate

Extreme continental. Due to the altitude, the highest in the appellation, there are drastic temperature fluctuations between day and night.

Winemaking

Hand-harvested and stored in small baskets. Fermentation in third use to neutral French oak puncheons and demi-muids (500-600L barrels, respectively). Aged 12 months sur lie with battonage.

Aging

12 months sur lie in the fermentation vessel with battonage.

Comments

Bodegas Ordóñez works with exclusively ungrafted vineyards of Verdejo planted in the southeastern subzone of D.O. Rueda, the only part of the appellation that completely resisted phylloxera due to the sandy quality of the soils. The philosophy of the winery is to produce authentic Verdejo the old-fashioned way, by working with traditional vineyard sites and using old school winemaking techniques.