You may call young winemaker, Manuel Cantalapiedra, a rebel or even a freedom fighter but most importantly he is a farmer with a clear vision for the style of Verdejo he wants to make in Castilla y León. Manuel shares a passion for this grape with his father, who he named the winery after, and with his neighbours, but this is where the common interest ends and the rebellion begins. Harvesting later, organically and from single vineyard plots, his wines demonstrate power and finesse in equal measure. His heart and his vineyards lie in the centre of DO Rueda, yet his wines are miles ahead of the appellation. With 20 ha of Verdejo vines subdivided into plots of different soil types near the village of La Seca in the region of Rueda, each giving their own unique character to the wines. Vineyards are cultivated in an ecological and sustainable way with certified organic viticulture and biodynamic principles like horsetail, whey and nettle infusions to control diseases and other treatments to keep in harmony with the local ecosystem. As with their approach in the vineyard, winemaking is as minimal intervention as possible, with minimal, if any use of sulphur and a native yeast fermentation.
Natural and ripe, this is incredibly well made Verdejo, with just the right amount of oak. Straw coloured, with a medley of tropical fruit in the nose.
Medium bodied, fruity and intense on the nose, with rounded notes of blackberry, plum, leather and earth. Well balanced, fleshy, persistent, elegant and lively on the palate, with a long and pleasant finish.
A rich red colour and really complex, candied raspberry, earthy notes, truffle, balsamic, a touch of oak support a palate that perfectly balances the mineral richness of old vines, organic cultivation and minimal intervention winemaking. A long and sily smooth finish.
A harmonious combination of baked apples, dried herbs and chamomile flower, with a struck-match minerality. It has a mighty savoury palate: umami, refreshing acidity and a nice bitter finish.
This delivers a deep, complex bouquet with bags of personality, revealing a nose of pear, peach stone, wild fennel, beeswax, saline and a nice herbal touch of lemongrass. On the palate the wine is pure, focused and very full-bodied for Verdejo, with a rock solid core, excellent minerality, fresh acidity and outstanding length and grip on the vibrant and still quite youthful finish.