The Old Fire Station, Old Market, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire

Bodegas Naia, Naiades, Barrel Fermented Verdejo

Located on the left bank of the River Duero, the Bodegas Naia 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 destrict of La Seca, one of the most highly renowned ‘cru’ of the region. With its 23.5ha of vineyards, and through working closely with local growers, it also has access to vineyards beetween 80 and 130 years old.

Since the first vintage in 2004, Bodegas Naia has established itself as one of Rueda’s star producers. Winemaker Eulogio Calleja crafts wines with great depth which, like the striking labels, stand out from the crowd. While most modern Rueda tends to be in a simple, aromatic, technological style, here the maturity of the vines, strict grape selection and extended lees ageing give wines with delicacy, ripe yet restrained stone fruit characters, lovely texture and the ability to age.

The Naiades is an extraordinary barrel-fermented wine from ancient, pre-phylloxera Verdejo vines, widely regarded as one of Spain’s finest white wines.

These fine grapes come from 5 acres of ungrafted bush-vine Verdejo planted on the sandy soils of La Seca, widely regarded as the finest cru in Rueda since the 19th century. The vines are aged between 80 and 130 years. Barrel-fermentation, and 8 months ageing in all new, 500 litre, French oak barrels.

The Naiades has intense aromatics of ripe melon and pears balanced by leesy, creamy notes. The palate is broad, textural and intense with well-integrated, toasty oak characters, kiwi and grapefruit acidity and impeccable balance. A deliciously bitter twist on the creamy finish maintains the complexity of this fine Spanish white.

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We can deliver anywhere in mainland Britain from £11.95 per case.