Cuatro Rayas Verdejo 2018

Last month Cuatro Rayas Bodega paid a visit to to let us sample their range of wines. Reading their website Cuatro Rayas is a large winery using modern wine making methods designed for bulk. It produces some 20% of all wines from the Rueda region, about 15 million bottles annually, and exports much of this.

This is reflected in the first white wine that we tried: the Verdejo 2018. This is a classic Rueda Verdejo neither the best nor the worst I’ve tried. A decent drinkable wine with a corresponding reasonable price tag. I be happy to have this by the glass in a bar but wouldn’t necessarily seek it out.

Made from 100% Verdejo grapes from vines found in four areas of Rueda: La Seca, Rueda, Rodilana and Medina del Campo. We were told at the tasting, by the representative from the bodega, that the vines were 15 to 20 years old. On their website it says they’re an average of 35 years old. Not sure it makes any difference. The grapes are harvested by machine at night. Apparently the cooler night temperatures helps keeps the grapes fresh.

Again at the tasting we were told that the wine spent 2 months on lees, but there is no mention of this on the website and I didn’t taste anything to suggest lees though there was some toast in the scent.

The wine is a very pale lemon colour with a light scent. Initially I got a bit of toast but it went away and never came back so not sure if I imagined if. After that I got the usual white fruit of a Verdejo with some citrus and minerals.

It has a crisp refreshing citrus flavour with some fruit underneath. A dry, light wine with high acidity and some finish but not much.

Like I said before a very drinkable white wine.

Name: Cuatro Rayas Verdejo
Colour: White
Year: 2018
Grapes 100% Verdejo
Winery: Bodegas Cuatro Rayas
Country: Spain
Region: Rueda
Quality Classification: Denominacion de Origin
Alcohol: 13%
Price: 5,60€

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