Ariabal Verdejo 2020

Ariabal Verdejo 2020 image

I tasted this Verdejo from Rueda region without any knowledge of the price.  I was amazed at what great value it was.  It might be Bodegas Pandora's entry level bottling, but it is so deliciously clean and also very characterful.  Loved its green fruit notes, lemon and herb notes and zippy zesty rich palate.

Produced from old Verdejo vines grown at 700m altitude on gravelly soils - which gives high natural acidity.  Hand-picked grapes are fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel - with lees ageing for four months to enhance texture and complexity.

Ideal for serving as an aperitif, with light chicken risotto, seafood paella or fish cakes.

Origin: Rueda, Spain

Producer: Bodegas Pandora

Grape: Verdejo

Vintage: 2020

Alcohol: 13.5%

Price/stockists: £10.25 Wanderlust Wine www.wanderlustwine.co.uk ; £9 Vinissimus www.vinissimus.co.uk