Verdejo isn’t a grape that is likely to be a revelation. But if you are a fan of dry, thirst quenching whites, it could be a nice new introduction to your selection. It is one of those reliable wines, usually reasonably priced and delivers what you need without being overly challenging.
It has delicate grassy aromas which places it somewhere close to a mild Sauvignon. But in flavour profile it is lighter and has softer fruit such as melon, and a refreshing zesty lime at the core . It is often blended with Sauvignon because these similarities mean they have natural harmony together.
It has good acidity especially when coming from the hilly region of Rueda. The best examples have that bit more fruit intensity, and display more complexity; often with fennel and pithy grapefruit character.
Verdejo has found more fame in recent years as winemakers have mastered how to use it. Its delicate thin skinned grapes were very prone to oxidation so the skill is to make the wine very protectively to preserve the aromatics and keep flavours fresh. Techniques like night time harvesting and protecting grapes with inert gas have enable this.
Sauvignon Blanc, Picpoul de Pinet, Gruner Veltliner, Garganega
Spain: Rueda, Castilla y Leon, Castilla la Mancha
Baked fish, prawns, grilled chicken, paella, guacamole, tacos