Adorado de Menade (1967 Solera Verdejo Palomino Fino) (Single Magnum)
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A unique and traditional style of Rueda white made in a rudimentary solera system, utilising flor, from Verdejo and Palomino Fino grapes. The 'mother' solera of Adorado dates back to 1967, but the first new production was in 2018 - and is Menade's tribute to their family's regional roots.
The Verdejo and Palomino Fino grapes are hand-picked, and pressed in a historic vertical press dating back to 1900. The must undergoes spontaneous fermentation using the natural yeasts present in the grapes. After fermentation it's fortified using white wine spirit to add 2-3º additional alcohol prior to ageing. It naturally develops flor, typically during spring, and once this dissipates the oxidative 'criadera' process resumes each year. This is when a proportion of wine (saca) is removed from the end of a whole series of butts (criaderas) and is replaced proportionately along the line, so that the wine released each year is identical. The process takes place in winery's cool underground cellars at La Seca.
Pronounced 'rancio' aromas - oxidative and nutty with underlying dried fruit notes. The palate is complex and structured, yet fine, with savoury and saline characters.
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Region: Castilla y Leon
Grapes: Verdejo 50%, Palomino Fino 50%
Volume: 1 x 150cl
Suitable for Vegetarians: No
Suitable for Vegans: No
Adorado de Menade NV: “As is often the case with non-vintage wines, there is no indication on the labels of the NV Adorado to tell it apart from previous bottlings. It’s a fantastic oxidative blend of Verdejo and Palomino fortified to 17% alcohol and matured in a solera that dates from 1967. It had some flor yeast and has a biological profile with an oxidative and volatile touch, more line an Amontillado and with a dry finish and a salty touch. 93 pts.” Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate (30th June 2021)