Bodega Javier Sanz Viticultor
Bodega Javier Sanz was founded in 1863. Now in their fourth generation, the winery has continued the tradition of minimal intervention winemaking and painstaking care of their vines. Their work to preserve their pre-phylloxera vines and recover nearly extinct clones continues to give back to the Rueda Denomination of Origin.
The vines of Javier Sanz are located within the Valladolid municipality of La Seca. These include Fuente de Los Vaqueros, La Cuesta Blanca, Villa Narcisa and La Vasillona.
The grapes of this Verdejo come from the vineyard of Villa Narcisa, over 40+ year old vines. The wines are bush-trained, allowing for heat retention at night and protection from heat and sunlight during the day. The grapes are hand-harvested and crushed. Then, the skins are left for a few hours to soak at a low temperature followed by pressing. The juice is then settled for one day. Once clear, fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at a temperature below 15ºC, using the grapes' indigenous yeast. The low temperature allows for a slow fermentation that helps preserving as many fruity aromas as possible. Cold stabilized and filtered before bottling.
Youthful and bright, with light shades of green. On the nose, this Verdejo shows fresh and lively varietal notes of sweet grapefruit and pineapple, combined with anise and fennel as well as floral aromas. Bone-dry in the palate, this wine has crisp, refreshing acidity.
The variety Verdejo Malcorta was nearly extinguished but after years of research, Javier Sanz Viticultor has managed to bring the clone back. This clone had lost popularity over the years as it is extremely difficult to harvest ("Mal-corta" translates to bad or difficult to cut). It grows in very small and tight bunches, and is especially late-ripening, making it the last to be harvested.
The average age of the vineyard is 7 years, trellis trained.
Winemaking: cold maceration, followed by 24 hours settling, gravity-led racking; slow, cold fermentation below 15 Celsius in stainless steel.
Intense, clean and powerful aromas of white flowers and citrus with a hint of flinty mineral notes. This wine is crisp and refreshing with tangy acidity. The citrus and stone fruits linger on the palate.