Vega Sicilia Unico, Ribera del Duero
- A mix of Spanish and Bordeaux grape varieties from this famous estate.
- Ribera del Duero
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- Spain's most prestigious wine estate is located in Ribera del Duero, beside a highway east of Valladolid. The estate covers around 1000 hectares, of which 230 - 250 are under vines. It was founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves, who arrived from Bordeaux with cuttings of local grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec) and planted them, together with Spain's signature grape Tinto Fino (a clone of Tempranillo) in the arid Ribera soils. The winery begun building its formidable reputation after 1903 under the ownership of Antonio Herrero, winning a number of awards, and enjoying an international distribution. The estate changed hands several more times before its acquisition by the current owners, the Alvarez family, in 1982. Vega Sicilia has founded its success on its meticulous wine-producing practices: In the vineyard it applies low yields, aided by green harvesting, and a painstaking grape selection. In the winery, wines undertake a complicated series of rackings from huge barrels to new and old oak. Despite the very prolonged barrel ageing the wines flavours are never dried out or overly oaky when mature, which is compelling evidence of the superb quality of its raw materials.
Vega Sicilia use organic fertilisers. They do not use any herbicides, and take a rational, balanced approach to the fight against pests and disease.
A fascinating mix of Spanish and Bordeaux grape varieties from Spains most famous estate, this soft, rich and characterful wine was a great favourite of Winston Churchill. Intriguing notes of dried fruit, blackcurrants and vanilla with a long and very complex aromatic finish.
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Lamb would be an excellent match for Vega Sicilia Unico. Make sure that you keep the flavours gentle to avoid overpowering this elegant and complex wine.
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