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Characteristics of Verónica Ortega Quite
Verónica Ortega Quite is a red wine produced by Verónica Ortega in Valtuille de Abajo (León) D.O. Bierzo.
Verónica Ortega, natural from Cádiz and trained in the best wineries of Burgundy and Priorat, was attracted to the terroir of El Bierzo. She decided to settle in Valtuille de Abajo to start to produce her own wines, thus initiating her most personal project.
Verónica Ortega mainly works with old Mencía vineyards using organic precepts. Vinification is carried out traditionally, with spontaneous fermentation using native yeasts and low amounts of sulphites. Wines that are faithful to the terroir, with character and a great personality.
Verónica Ortega Quite is a wine made form Mencía from vineyards located in Valtuille that are over 80 years old, planted on clayey-sandy soils with a lot of minerals.
They are manually harvested and placed in 15-kg boxes. At the winery, the grapes are destemmed before they ferment in stainless steel deposits, with a slight extraction. Maceration takes approximately 10 days. This wine is aged for 8 months, 50% in used oak barrels, and the other 50% in 800-litre clay vessels.
Verónica Ortega Quite is a fluid, fruity and juicy wine. On the nose, aromas of red and black fruit stand out. In the mouth, it is easy to drink and fresh, with a mineral and slightly balsamic background.
Serve at 16ºC
Poultry, Mature cheese, Roasts, Roasted red meats, Grilled red meats
A vintage where the Atlantic climate has ruled over the continental. The lightness of this type of climate, together with the perfect sanitary condition of the vineyard, has given rise to an excellent vintage from this area. The year began with typical temperate and rainy winter weather. What differentiated the year was the intense rains that fell between the months of April and May, conditioning the vegetative development of the vine. The summer was then noticeable for being warm and dry, the perfect combination for the perfect grape.
In recent years, winemakers and developers have settled in the DO Bierzo with very plausible innovative ideas, investing heavily in local wineries, resulting in the production of personal and unique wines. There is no doubt that El Bierzo has become a trendy and cool D.O, aided by the spicy, delicate and velvety Mencia grape, whose character and great capacity of expression of terroir is undoubtedly the regions best asset. Even many compare it to the Pinot Noir, which together with the small scale style of production and topography of its vineyards, the traditional form of the Burgundian bottle used, and the original use of the names of towns and places in their best wines, resulted in this wine region being given the nickname of "little Spanish burgundy".