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Ramon Bilbao

2018 Edición Limitada Verdejo, Ramon Bilbao

Castilla y Léon, SpainVintage: 2018

One of the very few lees- and oak-aged Verdejos from Rueda, Edición Limitada Verdejo 2016 is the result of Ramón Bilbao’s decade-long search to find a white wine with all the elegance and freshness of its Rioja reds.

The search saw winemaker Sara Bañuelos experiment with different vinification methods, from lees-stirring to cold fermentation, and ageing in every size from 225l barriques to 4,100l concrete tanks!

This white is made from 19-year-old vines on the 60-hectare Finca las Amedias vineyard and was aged for eight months on its lees in French and Hungarian oak. Only a limited amount of numbered bottles have been released – just over 24,000.

Greenish-yellow in colour, this medium-intensity wine is clean, fresh, bright, and produces tears on the glass. It has an intense and rich aroma of citrus fruits with balsamic notes like sandalwood and mint, with more subtle aromas of chocolate and baked goods. In the mouth, it is oily, with fresh and creamy acidity. Citric fruits reappear in the finish, combined with spices like white pepper.

‘Whether we make our wines in Rioja or Rueda, we will always look to push boundaries and go beyond the “accepted” ways of doing things,’ said Bodegas Ramón Bilbao’s head winemaker Rodolfo Bastida.

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You can have all the accolades in the world, but nothing beats the knowledge that your wine is the drink of choice from the region of its creation. This holds true for Ramón Bilbao, the Rioja that Spanish people drink.

Now hailed as one of Spain’s most innovative producers, Ramón Bilbao was established way back in 1924, when Don Ramón Bilbao Murga set up his home in the heart of Rioja’s wine region, Haro. Ramón Bilbao was a man ahead of his time who sought to travel the whole world with wine as his only travelling companion. This notion of the brave adventure is still strongly ingrained into the essence of the estate and is reflected in everything they do.

The winery boasts 180 hectares of vineyards, planted between 450m and 720m, in unique settings throughout the region, which stand out due to their altitude and the proximity to mountainside areas. They use grape varieties typical of the area including Tempranillo and Garnacha, as well as small quantities of Mazuelo and Graciano.

The winemaking philosophy at Ramón Bilbao is driven by Rodolfo Bastida, who is committed to crafting wines that express the grapes and terroir as much as possible. Rioja born and bred, Bastida’s appointment as chief winemaker in 1999 marked the moment the estate began their journey towards defining a new Rioja style: wines that are powerful and structured but with balanced acidity and, above all, freshness. By pursuing these more elegant wines, Ramón Bilbao has rebelled against the oaky, fruit-driven wines characteristic of the region.

“Winemaking can be like painting. You can use a big brush and a big pot of one colour to obtain something that’s pretty bland and uninteresting…or you can use a small brush, with lots of small pots of different colours to give character and complexity.”

First harvest at Finca las Amedias, Rueda, at an altitude of 700m and at night in order to prevent premature fermentation and oxygenation. The vines are hand-picked from each plot, ensuring they are at optimal ripeness.

Fermentation maceration is carried out for 10 hours at 6ºC in an inert atmosphere, followed by alcoholic fermentation at 16ºC in cement tanks, and the wine is transferred to barrels with the lees in suspension using batonnage once a week. I

ts is aged for 8 months in new French and Hungarian oak barrels.

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