TELMO RODRIGUEZ BASA 18
If you're a fan of dry white wine, try this sensational Spanish white from Telmo Rodriguez, one of the country's most revered winemakers for his role in reviving indigenous grapes and giving them a new lease of life with modern winemaking methods.
This is 80% Verdejo - one of Spain's greatest whites - and 20% Viura. It tastes dry, crisp and delicious, over delivering big time for this modest price. It's made from organically grown bush vines from vines at 750 metres altitude in Rueda, 90 minutes' drive north west of Madrid, on the fringe of Toro DO. The climate here is continental with hot summers, cold winters and extreme temperature fluctuations. Rueda is a white wine only appellation and all grapes in this wine were hand picked into small baskets, then cool fermented in stainless steel with no additions - it's natural, but without the marketing noise - aside from a small touch of sulphur at bottling.
Basa is a not-so-fruity Rueda Verdejo with the Viura in the blend to add zest and length to the wine.
A gorgeous dry white - a must try.
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