Estate: Bodegas Ateca was founded in 2005 and is a joint project between the Gil Family Estates group and passionate, pioneering wine importer Jorge Ordonez. Gil Family Estates is a collection of small, family estates located throughout Spain. The wines express the different characteristics of their respective regions; all are made with indigenous grapes, are high in quality and priced budget friendly.
Tasting Notes: Pale straw yellow in colour with heady aromas of honeysuckle pineapple, honey, herbs and a trace of wet rocks. Tasting very similar to the aromas with bright lemon, pineapple, honeysuckle balanced by a refreshing acidity, citrus zest compliments the dry finish. Easy drinking on its own or with a wide variety of fresh, summer dishes.
Verdejo [I could not verify varietal percentage; previous vintages have included Sauvignon Blanc.]
Bottled for Bodegas Ateca by Bodegas y Viñedos Shaya
I gave my sister a fun wine club gift a few months ago. As she isn’t really a fan of white wines, especially during the cold winter months, she will deposit all of the white bottles she receives into my fridge. Therefore I look for opportunities to sneak one into her glass to show her that white wines can be delicious year round. Yesterday we decided to start cocktail hour early, so I thought it a fantastic time to give a pour to a white bottle. I selected Ermito de Nieve Verdejo 2011 because Verdejo wines tend to be bright and fruity with a medium body and mineral backbone; features that I think make it well-suited for a deep-rooted “red wine only” enthusiast.
Ermito de Nieve translates to “the little church in the snow” and refers to the prayer the growers recite every year at the start of the new growing season. The estate is located 850 meters above sea level in the most western area of the Rueda near the town of Nava de la Asuncion. They are known for their approachable, food friendly, expressive Verdejo wines.
Golden yellow in colour, aromas of freesia blossoms, melon and green apple radiated from the glass. Fermented in stainless steel, luminous flavours of melon, apricot and lemon abounded in the medium body. Citrus zest and clean minerals comprised the crisp finish. Bright and friendly, this is a fantastic glass on its own or for enjoying along with cheese and olives or any light plate.
Enjoy now thru 2014