Meet The Winemakers
We are delighted to work with Spain’s greatest wine estate; Vega Sicilia.
Founded in 1864 The estate’s success is founded on its meticulous approach. In the vineyard it applies low yields, aided by green harvesting and painstaking selection at harvest. In the winery, wines are aged in any number of receptacles – using French and American, new and old oak, small barrels or huge vats – to engender further complexity. Despite prolonged barrel ageing, the fruit is never dried out or overly oaky – compelling evidence of the superb quality of its raw materials.
This year’s releases focus on two outstanding, contrasting vintages. The 2019 harvest was small and concentrated, achieving great richness alongside a tantalising combination of fully ripe tannin and low pH for freshness. Despite the small crop, grapes ripened slowly, providing ample time for them to accumulate flavour and avoiding the need for much extraction. The resulting wines have a silky, effortless quality. The crop in 2020 was rather larger, and despite some summer heatwaves was saved from over ripeness by welcome September rains. Winemaker Gonzalo Iturriaga informs us that the overall balance and finesse resemble 2011, while the polished tannins recall 2016, his first vintage at Vega Sicilia. He did not therefore vinify the 2014 Unico, but was responsible for the majority of its barrel ageing. This is a Unico with an electric personality, taut, powerful and laser-focused; its quality is already evident but great cellaring potential is guaranteed.
Availability of all the wines is extremely limited.
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