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Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Toro & Cigales

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  • Verdejo 2017 “Flor de Vetus”, Bodegas Vetus, Rueda, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Verdejo 2017 “Flor de Vetus”, Bodegas Vetus, Rueda, 12.5% vol, 75cl


    The vineyards are located in the Segovia area of the Rueda DO which lies between Ribera del Duero to the east and Toro to the west. The old bush vines grow at an altitude of 800m in poor, sandy soils and produce very low yields of top quality Verdejo grapes which show brilliant freshness and excellent levels of natural acidity, rarely found in the grapes sourced from other nearby areas.



    The grapes (100% Verdejo) were handpicked into small, 20 kilogram boxes in early September. Cold maceration followed by fermentation at low temperatures in stainless steel, ensured the fresh varietal nature of the Verdejo grapes was retained in the final wine. After fermentation was complete, the wine stayed on its fine lees to gain extra complexity and structure.


    Bright yellow in colour with tints of green. On the nose it is intense and harmonious with a rich citrus and peach fruit character. On the palate, tropical notes with ripe lemon touches lead onto a long, lively and refreshing finish.


  • Protos “Roble” 2016, “Ribera Duero”, Bodegas Protos, Peñafiel, 14% vol, 75cl

    Protos “Roble” 2016, “Ribera Duero”, Bodegas Protos, Peñafiel, 14% vol, 75cl


    “Protos”, (in Greek  “first”) is one of Spain’s most historic wineries. Established in 1927 near the town of Peñafiel, they were the first producers in what is today the highly regarded region of Ribera del Duero.


    The Bodega’s state of the art winery is situated below the dramatic Peñafiel Castle.


    The Roble is 100% Tinta del País (Tempranillo) from some of the estate’s younger vines – 15 -20 years of age. The grapes are hand picked and carefully sorted before a period of maceration and then fermentation for 15 days at 24°C in temperature controlled stainless steel vats.


    Ageing is for 6 months in American oak followed by a further 6 months in bottle.


    The appearance of the wine is bright cherry red with a purple edge. The nose is very expressive with fresh fruit, sweet spices, creamy oak and red berry aromas. The palate is full and fruity with round tannins and a long finish.


  • “Museum Real” Reserva 2014, Finca Museum, Cigales, 14% vol, 75cl

    “Museum Real” Reserva 2014, Finca Museum, Cigales, 14% vol, 75cl


    Although Cigales has been a grape growing area for centuries in recent times production here has been on the decline.


    Bought at the end of the 1990’s by the El Coto group,  the estate is at an altitude of 800 metres above sea level and has a climate with huge temperature variations – very hot in the day (39°C) and cold at night (7°C) – excellent conditions for producing top quality grapes.


    The vines for “Museum” are low yielding and in excess of 70 years of age. 100% Tinta del Pais (Tempranillo).


    A very careful hand selection of the fruit ensures that only the best grapes go into the stainless steel fermenters. Exact temperature control and regular pumping over of the must ensures good extraction and finesse in the final wine.


    Ageing is in a French oak barrels with an average age of 3 years for 24 months after which the wine is bottled and left to rest for a further year in bottle.


    Ruby-red in colour with dark garnet hints, the nose has delicate toasted aromas,  spicy fragrance, with hints of liquorice, red fruit and wild berries, and balsamic and mineral nuances coming through – very complex. The palate is subtle and elegant, full and rich with polished tannins a smooth creaminess and ending with a very long, persistent finish.