Wine by the winery Shaya

Personality and identity in its Verdejos

Bodegas Shaya belongs to the group Juan Gil Bodegas Familiares (Gil Family Estates), which gives its name to a reduced group of small wineries scattered throughout the Spanish geography. These wineries have been incorporated into the family since 2002, with the common denominator of using native varieties, in addition to offering a cared-for image, and an unbeatable value for money within the niche where each of their projects is located. Shaya is a clear bet for an area of ​​great oenological interest, Rueda, conceived under the philosophy of empowering the identity of the terroir, as well as the personality and the quality of the native variety, Verdejo.

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Honoro Vera Blanco Rueda 2021

A Verdejo with Australian influences

Spain   D.O. Rueda (Castilla y León)

Honoro Vera Blanco Rueda 2021
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5.90
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Shaya Verdejo 2021

A Verdejo with a delicious mineral touch

Spain   D.O. Rueda (Castilla y León)

Shaya Verdejo 2021
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9.45
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Shaya Habis 2018

Spain   D.O. Rueda (Castilla y León)

Shaya Habis 2018
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Arindo Verdejo 2021

Spain   D.O. Rueda (Castilla y León)

Arindo Verdejo 2021
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7.15
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More about Shaya

The development of the new and powerful firm Gil Family Estates started with the construction of the new winery Juan Gil in the area of Paraje de la Aragona, Jumilla. Years later, they started the Shaya project began with the aim of making signature top wines in D.O. Rueda. Subsequently, and over the years, a solid group has been formed. It is currently comprised by eight wineries under different denominations of origin, and the trade company Orowines. This way, Juan Gil Bodegas Familiares managed to combine a wide portfolio of Spanish wines with very different features and origins under one single brand.

 

History of the winery

The winery was founded in 2008 by the Gil family and with Enrique Busto, with the commitment to recover and produce great wines from old Verdejo vines. It is located in the surroundings of Aldeanueva del Codonal, in the most southwestern area of the province of Segovia, within D.O. Rueda. It has 30.5 hectares of very old, low-yield Verdejo vineyards, with vines planted in vase-shape on sandy soils, including many ungrafted ones. The oldest vineyards, some of them 120 years old, have very low yields and their production is of 1.5 kg. Also, the highest plot is located at 900 metres above sea level, which favours temperature variations, mostly when the grapes ripen. They are planted on sandy soils with fluvial remains, and a layer of clay under the vineyard that maintains the humidity during the hot summer.  The technical direction is carried out by oenologist Belinda Thompson, from the Australian winery Crawford River, in the Victoria area, where she specialises in the production of white wines.

 

Production philosophy

Since the very beginning, the policy of Shaya was clear: low-yield old vineyards, some of them century-old, that produce concentrated wines, with body, but very balanced, with a lot of fruit. Made with care and know-how, they are amiable and very pleasant to drink, identified with their area and their terroir.

For the Gil family, their winery Bodegas y Viñedos Shaya represents the new times, the new wines, the mixture of old vines and new techniques. At Shaya they believe that wine is made in the vineyard, so the location of the winery and the vineyard allows the exhaustive monitoring of the grapes’ evolution, a necessary condition to achieve great wine. All of this, alongside low-yield vineyards, where very small bunches and berries with great concentration are achieved, manual harvesting in small boxes, and a later selection of bunches and grapes at the entrance of the winery. However, at Shaya they also understand that the new way of making wine needs cutting-edge technology, such as rigorous control of the temperature in winemaking, stainless steel deposits, immaculate French oak barrels, and excellent hygienic conditions throughout the process, which ensure the quality standards of their wines each year.

 

Wines from Bodegas y Viñedos Shaya

At Decántalo you will find all the wines made by Shaya. Here they are:

Shaya Habis
is a high-end wine. It is made from a special selection of very old and low-yield Verdejo vineyards, planted in vase-shape on sandy soils. The wine ferments and remains with its lees in new large 500 and 600-litre French oak barrels for 8 months. Very complex and subtle on the nose, with a mineral character, it displays notes of citrus, white flowers and ripe fruit (pineapple), fused with elegant roasted and spicy notes. In the mouth, its fruity character stands out in a wide, tasty and serious whole, without losing the freshness provided by a balanced acidity, with a long finish of bitter fruit, and mineral and smoky nuances.

Shaya is a young wine, although a small percentage of Verdejo has been fermented in barrels. It is vinified in stainless steel deposits for 25 days, with a maximum temperature of 15ºC. Once the fermentation process has ended, it remains in a refrigerated deposit with the lees in its entirety for several months before it is bottled. On the nose, it is fruity and delicately floral, with hints of stone fruit and grapefruit. Of great structure and well balanced in the mouth, with mineral notes, nuances of marzipan and spices, with a refreshing acidity that drives a long finish where we can see its minerality.

Arindo is a young wine made with Verdejo. It is vinified in stainless steel deposits for 25 days, with a maximum temperature of 15ºC. Once the fermentation process has ended, in remains in refrigerated deposits until it is bottled. It offers a pleasant aromatic set in which elegant notes of flowers and ripe fruit stand out. It is balanced and well structured in the mouth, showing sweet and fine notes of white fruits (banana, apple) and stone fruit (apricot), with light and refreshing acid notes that balance a long and tasty finish.

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