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Prestige Wine Tasting - Vertical of Vega-Sicilia Valbuena

When:

Thu 2 May 2019, 6:30pm

Where: Wineseeker, 86-96 Victoria St, Wellington

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • General Adult: $150.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Wineseeker

The First Growths of Bordeaux, Grand Cru in Burgundy, Opus One in California, the very top wines in the world are few and far between.

Vega-Sicilia is considered the sole 'First Growth' equivalent of Spain - We have been offered access to a very limited volume from this top producer. Located in Ribera del Duero, Vega-Sicilia specialises in Tempranillo of the finest quality.

This is a rare chance to try consecutive vintages of Vega-Sicilia Valbuena from 2006 to 2011, plus we will open a bottle of the Alion for comparison. This is a more modern expression of Ribera del Duero.

One version of the event only, not to be repeated.

Winemaker description of the Valbuena:
"Valbuena, is the purest expression of the Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) in Vega Sicilia. Tinto Fino is clearly the predominant wine in the assemblage of the varieties that make up this magnificent wine. The other variety used is Merlot, which is added to a greater or lesser extent depending on the vintage.

The Valbuena Tempranillo is obtained from plots located on gentle concave slopes that descend from the wasteland. Those soils are made up of material that was eroded and accumulated as colluvial on the lower slopes, developing a high profile soil, with a specific important evolution with the formation of a deep calcic horizon.

Valbuena provides us with a direct and understandable view of the greatness of this "terroir" with the direct influence of each vintage. Its production remains unchanged meaning that it is each year's weather factors that mark the differences between the different harvests.

Fermentation at a controlled temperature with native yeast in stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation also takes place in stainless steel.

After fermentation, it is aged for five years, between wood and in the bottle, which is why it is called Valbuena 5º. French and American wood, new and used 225-litre barrels, 20,000 litre vats, a long and complex process for a great wine."

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