An extraordinary wine produced from 8 small plots of ancient, mainly pre-phylloxera vines (many well over 100 years old) . Intensely powerful 'toasty' aromatics with ripe melon and pear characters combined with citrus, kiwi and grapefruit on the palate. Wonderfully textural with a broad mouthfeel and exceptionally long finish. A seamless mix of ripe, honeyed fruit, structure and richness.
Located on the left bank of the River Duero, the winery dedicates itself to the production of high quality white wines from their meticulously cared for vineyards, which were planted three decades ago in the destrict of La Seca, one of the most highly renowned 'cru' of the region. Since the first vintage in 2004, Bodegas Naia has established itself as one of Ruedas star producers. Grapes come from the estates 21 hectares in La Seca (where thick gravel over clay subsoil creates fine, incisive wines with distinct minerality) and grapes bought in from a further 20 hectares. Winemaker Eulogio Calleja crafts wines with great depth, which like the striking labels, stand out from the crowd. While most modern Rueda tends to be in a simple, aromatic, technological style, here the maturity of the vines (30-100 years), strict grape selection and extended lees ageing give wines with delicacy, ripe yet restrained stone fruit characters, lovely texture and the ability to age.
In the Vineyard
The grapes come from 5 acres of ungrafted Verdejo vines planted in the 19th Century in a traditional, untrellised manner - all located in La Seca.
In the Winery
Barrel-fermentation, and 8 months ageing in all new, 500 litre, French oak barrels.
2008 Vintage: 97 points - Guia Penin 2012
2008 Vintage: was sourced from pre-phylloxera Verdejo vines and fermented and aged for 8 months in new 500 and 600-litre French oak barrels. It offers up toasty aromas along with enticing spice notes from the oak. Peach, tangerine, and tropical elements lead to a savoury, plush wine with precision balance and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Drink this outstanding Verdejo over the next 3-4 years. 91 points. Dr Jay Miller, Wine Advocate (195) 30th June 2011