The new vintages of two of Abadía Retuerta’s most delicious exceptions are now on general release. On the one hand, the 2019 vintage of LeDomaine, our white in a land of reds. On the other hand, Pago Garduña 2016, the singularity of a Syrah on the banks of the Duero River.
These two wines, although very different, have one thing in common. The grapes we use to make them have gradually adapted to a new environment and are now ripening beautifully.
A white wine to lay down
White wines have always been a rarity in this area of the Duero river (traditionally, the region where white varieties are grown is downstream in Rueda). This is why LeDomaine occupies a very special place in Abadía Retuerta’s portfolio.
The blend is now 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Verdejo. The other white varieties planted on the estate that used to be included in the blend (Godello and Gewürztraminer) now have sufficient character to merit a place in the Winemaker’s Collection of experimental wines.
2019, a dry and concentrated vintage prone to trigger high alcohol levels, has not made things easy for our winemakers. The timing of the harvest was crucial to achieve an alcohol content of 13.5% abv and an excellent natural acidity that enhances the flavours. With its distinctly classic aromas (citrus notes on the attack over a floral and white fruit background), this vintage stands out for the wine’s energy on the palate.
Whilst it may be tempting to uncork the bottle right away, we always recommend purchasing a second (or third) bottle to enjoy its evolution over time, as the “Blanco de guarda” (white wine to lay down) legend on the label indicates. There are 25,000 bottles available of this 2019 vintage.
It is no exaggeration to say that 2016 is one of the best vintages in the historic Pago Garduña. That year, quality was fortunately complemented by the generosity of slightly larger grape seeds, helping to soften the firm tannins of this area of the Duero and creating a pleasant and seductive texture. And all of this without losing the distinctive intensity of this wine.
There is also a unique freshness that is the result of a combination of factors. Firstly, the location of the vineyard. It is on the northern slope, the coldest site in Abadía Retuerta, and faces east, benefiting from the morning sun but avoiding direct sunlight in the hottest hours of the afternoon. The way we care for our vines is also very important. For example, we do not have to remove the leaves in order to shade the grape bunches and slow down the ripening process.
As a result, our Syrah departs from the jammy notes associated with the New World adopting instead a complex and spicy style, reminiscent of the red wines of the Rhône, the great spiritual home of this variety. 4,000 bottles of this 2016 vintage have been filled.