Mesta Organic - Uclés - Verdejo 2018

Mesta Organic - Uclés - Verdejo 2018

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A crisp, aromatic wine, showing great purity of aromas with fresh notes of pineapple, fennel and white pepper, dry and refreshing on the citrussy finish.

Producer Note

Mesta is a range of organically and sustainably grown single varietal wines, which stylishly showcase the Spanish wine revolution under the symbol of the Mesta. Mesta was a powerful alliance of sheep ranchers in medieval Castile, who controlled the cañadas: the traditional rights of way for migrating sheep. To this day the cañadas are protected from being blocked or built upon, a reminder of ancient rights and a model of coexistence with nature. This modern range, from the fashionable DO Uclés in central Castile, offers wines of great purity and varietal typicity.

Vintage

The 2018 vintage experienced a mild winter and wet spring, resulting in a delay in bud-break. However, an early start to summer accelerated flowering, which took place at the end of June. At the beginning of September the plants coped well with the high temperatures thanks to the moisture in the soil from the spring water reserves. With a more rapid maturation in this last section of the cycle, the harvest began 13th September.

Vineyard

The grapes are grown in high-altitude vineyards in the northernmost part of Central Castile, where the continental climate enjoys sunny days and cool nights. This diurnal temperature difference encourages grapes with intense fruit and excellent varietal definition, which retaining remarkable freshness. The vineyards are sustainably managed and organically farmed as part of an integrated ecosystem. Low annual rainfall results in low disease pressure, enabling the vines to be grown without the aid of fungicides. Fertilisers have never been used, only organic manure is applied and weed control is managed by a low, superficial tilling. Rain water is collected and used for drip irrigation in the case of extreme drought.

Winemaking

The grapes were picked at night and in the early morning hours and immediately taken to the state-of-the-art winery for a short pre-fermentation cold maceration. The grapes were pneumatically pressed and fermented in stainless steel at approximately 16°C to preserve the pure fruit flavours. Malolactic fermentation was prevented by chilling, retaining a crisp character to the wine.

Tasting Note

A crisp, aromatic wine, showing great purity of aromas and a precise expression of the Verdejo variety. Fresh notes of grass, fennel and white pepper lead to a dry and refreshing palate, with excellent balance and a persistent finish with a subtle hint of minerality. Grape Verdejo 100%