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Telmo Rodriguez Basa Rueda Blanco
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Telmo Rodriguez Basa Rueda Blanco 2017

Rueda, Castilla-Leon, SpainDynamic Telmo Rodríguez is one of Spain’s greatest winemakers. He is dedicated to the preservation of indigenous grapes and regional winemaking traditions. Made from a blend of Verdejo (90%) and Viura grapes grown on gravelly limestone soils, Basa Blanco is an arrestingly fresh and juicy wine that is super-adaptable with food. Verdejo is an historic grape in the Rueda zone, where it was used to produce sherry-type wines, but with stainless steel, temperature-controlled fermentation (like Telmo does with Basa), it reveals a charming balance of delicate green fruit, distinct botanical savour, and almond nuttiness. Reminiscent of the flavours and brightness of Sauvignon Blanc, Basa is bone-dry, mid-weight, and shows distinct earthy, herbal complexity. The 2017 vintage was devoid of rain and produced an unusually small crop, which in turn deepens the intensity of this wine. Basa (pronounced bah-sah) refers to 'basement or foundation', and sales of this best-value white support Telmo's many vineyard rehabilitation projects around Spain, which in turn helps families and communities. Try this globally-admired dry white with scallop ceviche, chicken with tarragon, or pan-seared white fish.Tasted: 18 September 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 19.99 private wine shops AB 20.00 private wine shops ON 16.99 consignment - Lifford Wine Agency MB 20.00 Banville and Jones Producer: Compañia de Vinos Telmo RodriguezDistributors: Lifford Wine and Spirits
Blend: Verdejo - Viura - Sauvignon BlancCSPC: 586016UPC: 08420759900017