Bodegas Valderiz 'Valdehermosa' Crianza Ribera del Duero 2013

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney
Bodegas Valderiz's strive for simplicity in our methods by using organic and biodynamic techniques, thus allowing the Tinto Fino (Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero) grapes themselves to reveal their virtues to us

Today the vineyards at Bodega y Viñedos Valderiz planted by Tomás Esteban, cover 60 hectares, added to the original 10 hectares of vineyards planted by Tomas' father, that are carefully preserved. The family is among the pioneers of organic farming in Ribera del Duero. The complete absence of herbicides, pesticides and fertilisers is our trademark. Looking for future improvement, they are introducing biodynamic viticulture. PWS

This was a complicated year. Although the sprouting of the vines was slightly early, the low temperatures recorded during the spring delayed the growth cycle, which no longer recovered in the summer, despite having a warm month of July. The harvest was carried out at a fast pace, and with the extra effort of the viticulturers, who discarded the fruit that did not meet the optimal conditions. This way, they made sure that they avoided the probable effect of the botrytis attacks due to the rains they had around this time. The wines from this vintage, rated as a good one, offer good colour intensity, great fruit expression and a lot of freshness. ROBERT PARKER