Mantel Blanco Verdejo 2021
WineSpark Price €12.56
Verdejo is my guilty pleasure white wine. It’s fresh, crisp and delicious, slips down easy and you don’t feel guilty opening a cheeky midweek bottle given its price.
The good ones rarely make it over here, given they can’t compete with Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon on price. So I made it my business to find a top drawer Verdejo for WineSpark.
Step forward Pilar Garcia, who I found through my friend and sommelier-turned-winemaker Franck Massard.
Rueda is a high, hot and wild region in north west Spain - the perfect place to make refreshing white wine. Hot sunny days ripen the grapes to loads of flavour, while chilly nights keep them crisp and fresh.
Speak to any Spanish sommelier and they’ll tell you Verdejo is the most versatile white wine - unbelievably drinkable on its own, but goes with so many dishes.
So always worth having a bottle in the fridge!
|Region of origin||Valladolid|
|Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts)||None|
|Average age of vines||40 years|
|Average altitude of vines (m)||770m|
|Soil type(s)||Sandy Loam Soils with Boulders|
|Closure Type||Screw cap|
|Is this wine organic?||Not yet|
|Suitable for vegans?||Yes|
|Ageing potential||2 years|
|Ideal drinking window||2022 - 2023|
Like many great winemakers, Pilar started out studying chemistry, before getting into winemaking.
It’s fair to say Pilar is a bit of a white wine nut. She only makes white wine. Her husband makes white wine. She’s a lecturer in the University of Valladolid, teaching students about the chemistry of white wine.
Pilar says this wine is very interesting with cheese. She thinks red wine and cheese is a big mistake! The acidity in this will clean your mouth, so you can taste the cheese better.
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Great Verdejo at great price.
Super Verdejo at this price. Great for casual enjoyment, with platter food. Impressive party wine
Clean, rounded and just enough freshness. Would be lovely with a seafood platter. Very good Quality : Price ratio
With the shortage of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. this makes a very good replacement.
I was expecting a refreshing wine but found it not to be the case . At best a party wine
sorry to hear this Alison, I've just refunded you for this wine now
I love my white Burgundy's, my Albarino's, my Gavi's and similar wines possessing that sensational mineral lick, this Mantel Blanco is a definite winner. I'm tasting it right now and the first sip immediately takes me away from this windy wet evening and brings me to a great seafood lunch with a glass or two of this superb wine enjoyed in the sun.
A great Verdejo that packs a punch!
This is a lovely example of a verdejo: fresh, fruity, full of flavour. Substantially better than anything you'd get for this price.