Valdaya Tinto is a very fruity and fresh wine both in the nose and in the palate, with velvet sensation and long taste. In price terms, this is the middle of three Valdaya releases, produced from old vines on sandy soils in high altitude Baños de Valdearados. Picked early for freshness, it’s part of the region’s new wave, with scented black cherry and wild strawberry fruit, gentle tannins and vivid acidity.
Bodega Valdaya was set up by Elena and Joaquin Gonzalez as a small family business and is now run by their daughter Miriam. The vision for the winery changed dramatically under her management and in 2013 they took on two young winemakers, Marta Ramas and Miguel Fisac, who have brought the wines into a different league. They only make three wines, for which the fruit comes from a selection of 100% Tempranillo grown on old bush vines vinified in separate parcels using indigenous yeasts. Maceration continues for 28 days in barrel before the free-run wine of each parcel passes into a selection of new barrels according to their potential for ageing – 90% French oak, 10% Hungarian oak, 6 different coopers. Marta and Miguel are immensely talented and these wines are oozing with age-worthy complexity and elegance. These are future classics in the making.
Food matches: Pair with Nursling lamb (the most famous plate in the area).