- Bodegas Vetus
- 2022 - 2024
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Made from 100% Verdejo, the Flor de Vetus 2021 is noted for its freshness and vibrancy, with a nose that is packed full of pineapple and peach. The intense tropical fruit characters carry through on the palate, while a touch of citrus adds a refreshing zestiness to the finish. While the wine’s crisp acidity makes it perfect for an aperitif, the short period of lees ageing adds a certain complexity and structure, making it the ideal companion for dinner too.
Bodegas Vetus, which has its home in the Toro DO appellation of Castilla y Leon, was established in 2003 when the Antón family (of Izadi and Finca Villacreces) recognised the region’s potential for grape-growing. Named after the Latin word ‘vetare’, meaning forbidden, the winery was founded on the belief that “prohibition is the origin of attraction and curiosity”. With cold winters and hot summers, frost and strong winds, the growing conditions in this region are extreme, putting the local viticulturalists on their mettle. As a result of the area’s sandy and clay soils, and subsequently low yields, the wines of Bodegas Vetus are packed full of flavour and colour intensity, while the south-facing vineyards and 3,000 hours of sunshine per year ensure sufficient ripening. The family also owns vineyards in Rueda, to the east of Toro. The ‘Flor de Vetus’ is made from the Verdejo grape, which is grown on an 80-year-old vineyard in the relatively cool area of Segovia. At over 800m above sea level, the wines are noted for their freshness and acidity, qualities which are rarely found in grapes sourced from neighbouring areas.
Rueda, traditionally white wine country, is named after the town that straddles the main road between Madrid and León. The region lies very close to the regions of Toro and Ribera del Duero, north of Madrid. After the phylloxera bug wreaked havoc on much of Rueda, the Palomino grape was used for replanting. This rather boring grape variety produces much of the region's fortifiedwines, Rueda Pálido and the stronger Rueda Dorado. These sherry-like wines are now becoming less popular and are mainly sold in bulk to northern Spain. What has become the most important grape variety since the 1970s in Rueda is Verdejo. This local grape became popluar when Marqués de Riscal recognised the potential for making fruity, dry white wines in the region. The region achieved DO status in 1980. Viura (Macabeo) and Sauvignon Blanc can also be found in the blend but Verdejo must make up 50% of it. To qualify for Rueda Superior wines, one must have at least 85% Verdejo in the blend. The region has also had a DO status for red wine, mainly Tempranillo, since 2002 despite many white-wine producers campaigning against this.