5 Gorgeous Whites from Spain's Bodegas Menade

 

If you took the time to check out Winelala’s article on Wine, Gastronomy, and the Spanish Economy, then perhaps you caught our mention of the glorious whites of Rueda. This is a region Winelala recently visited to directly speak with the vineyard manager and winemakers at Bodegas Menade and to sample their wines, most of which were fantastic. Here are our top choices!

 
Bodegas Menade’s beautiful labels illustrate the creatures that contribute to the vineyards. Photo credit Bodegas Menade.

Bodegas Menade’s beautiful labels illustrate the creatures that contribute to the vineyards. Photo credit Bodegas Menade.

  • Menade Verdejo Ecologica 2016 - clean and bright, with white stonefruit and dried herb notes. Zesty acid and weighty, with a touch of bitterness, roundness, and a long finish. Can usually be found for around $15.

  • Menade Verdejo Natural 2016 - Clean and bright with citrus and melons on the nose and palate. Made of the verdejo grape, this wine is full and balanced. Retail approximately $27.

  • La Mision Pre-phylloxera 2012- the best of the day!! Made with Verdeja, as opposed to verdejo, which is a grape that typically grows in Extremadura in southern Spain. The wine had depth and was borderline creamy - silky smooth but not overwhelmingly New World in texture. Palate notes of deep just-ripe pineapple, lemon citrus, powdery white minerality, peach and touch of just ripe mango lived on during the long finish, highlighted by flashes of thyme , laurel, and fennel. This may be difficult to come across in the US, however you should definitely search for this when you’re abroad or in specialty wine restaurants/retailers.

  • Menade Sauvignon Blanc - bright with orange blossom oil and cinnamon notes on top of bright ripe grapefruit, tarragon and and soft minerality. This may be difficult to come across in the US, however you should definitely search for this when you’re abroad or in specialty wine restaurants/retailers.

  • Menade Late Harvest SB Dolce - this is for sweet wine lovers, and similar notes to the dry sauvignon blanc listed above, but contained 55 g/l residual sugar, meaning it was notably sweeter but not cloyingly so, and still maintained a medium body. The dried herb notes were more pronounced and would work well with Thai basil and other Asian dishes. Overall the wine was very light and clean. Not as floral a nice moscato but equally if not more delicate. This may be difficult to come across in the US, however you should definitely search for this when you’re abroad or in specialty wine restaurants/retailers.


 
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