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    Majuelo ‘La Otea‘ - Verdejo

    Type of wine
    type of wineWit
    Country
    Grape variety
    Verdejo
    Ageing
    Eikenhout barrique 225-350L, deels nieuw, daarna 6 maanden in een staaltank
    Vintage
    Vinification
    Whole bunch press, zonder koude settling start de gisting op eikenhout met het natuurlijke gist

    Verdejo | single vineyard 'La Orea' | plot met 150 jaar oude bush vines | zanderig terroir in Villanueva de Duero | vergist en gerijpt op eikenhout vaten van 600l | indrukwekkende wijn | diepgang en finesse met heel veel kracht | rijp fruit | romige aroma's | kippenvel | eerste botteling van deze wijn met de 2017 oogst | productie van 3 vaten

    Isaac Cantalapiedra

    De familie Cantalapiedra bezit ongeveer 20 hectare in het gebied la Seca, op 750 meter hoogte en ten hoogte van Madrid. Manuel maakt deel uit van de huidige generatie en heeft een duidelijke visie; rijpere stijl Verdejo van biologische druiven. Daarnaast hebben ze drie single vineyards genaamd: 'Chivitero', 'Los Picones' en 'La Otea' en sinds kort is hij ook begonnen met een project in Toro waar hij met de inheemse druif Tinto de Toro een hele fraaie rode wijn maakt. Inmiddels is de hele serie in ons assortiment en bijna niet meer weg te denken in de topgastronomie.

    Review

    One of the new single-vineyard bottlings comes from a different zone; the 2017 Majuelo La Otea was produced with grapes from ancient ungrafted vineyards on sandy soils in the village of Villanueva de Duero. The wine is definitely different, but they say the process was similar, so it must be the character of the place. The wine is ripe, because 2017 was very warm; it has notes of yellow fruit, some yeasts and white pepper. The flavors are pungent, and it has a somewhat salty finish, with very good acidity and concentration, possibly from the extremely low yields they got. Supple and tasty, a great expression of Verdejo. It matured in 600-liter oak barrels for 12 months, but it's not oaky (and some of the barrels had to be new...), though there is perhaps a faint oxidative character reminiscent of some wines from Jura. 1,704 bottles and 60 magnums were filled in August 2019.

    Manuel Cantalapiedra is one of the new upcoming young names in the Rueda zone, but as is often the case with projects like his, he sells the wines without the appellation Rueda, even if the vineyards are within the appellation's limits and at the winery in La Seca, one of the most prominent villages of Rueda. He sells his names under the name of his father, except for a couple of wines with no added sulfur that I didn't taste. This time he showed me two single-vineyard Verdejo bottlings and also a red from the zone of Toro. He has 20 hectares of 10- to 40-year-old vineyards but only makes wine from eight of them, and he sells the rest of the grapes. He has recently purchased a plot of older vines in Alzacarén and is working with a grower from Villanueva de Duero who has an ungrafted plot thought to be about 150 years old. The wines have shown progressively better since I tasted his first wine from 2014. Current production averages 50,000 bottles per vintage; the wines carry organic certification. A name to watch. Luis Gutierrez 93/100