Naia Verdejo – Sustainable, Vegan
Located on the left bank of the River Duero, the winery dedicates itself to the production of high quality white wines from their meticulously cared for vineyards, most of which were planted more than 40 years ago in the district of La Seca, one of the most highly renowned ‘cru’ of the region. Since the first vintage in 2004, Bodegas Naia has established itself as one of Rueda’s star producers
Sixty acres of vineyards: 50 of which are over 40 years of age. Bodegas Naia also works very closely with winegrowers from the region. These vineyards have an age range between 80 and 130 years.
Thought to have originated in North Africa, Verdejo has found a hospitable climate and soil in central Spain. Full-bodied and aromatic, this wine is often compared to Sauvignon Blanc.
The grapes are harvested at night to control the temperature and then fermented in 70% stainless steel, the rest in large French oak vats. This interesting combination of winemaking techniques result in a well-rounded and complex juice that is loved the world over.
Expect bright and fresh acidity with prevailing lemon, green apple, kiwi, and pear. This wine pairs really well with poached proteins and shellfish. The acidity cuts through and complements asparagus, tomatoes, olives, and greens with vinaigrette dressing.
90 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous: Diaphanous gold. Aromas of ripe citrus and orchard fruits are complemented by suggestions of pungent flowers and fresh herbs. Silky and taut on the palate, offering bitter lemon pith, pear skin, and honeysuckle flavors that flesh out through the back half. Echoes the citrussy note on the long, chewy finish, which shows good tension and final grip.