The most exclusive elaboration of Bodega Cuatro Rayas obtains a Gold in the Brussels World Contest for its 2015 vintage after obtaining the same recognition for the 2015 and 2017 vintages in the recent Frankfurt International Trophy
La Seca, September 15, 2020.- The prestigious Concours Mondial de Bruxelles has made public the results of its 2020 edition -which was held from September 4 to 6 in Brno, Czech Republic-, an event in which Bodega Cuatro Rayas has obtained a Gold and a Silver, corresponding in both cases to its premium Verdejo ‘Amador Diez’, made from a selection of the cooperative’s oldest vineyards, some of them pre-phylloxera. These results acquire special relevance as it is the first year of participation in competitions in the wine sector for this Verdejo de Guarda, which is currently on the market with the 2015 and 2017 vintages, both recently recognized with 93 Peñín points and with respective medals of Gold in the Frankfurt International Trophy, held last April.
Production limited to 3,000 bottles With this wine, as great as the man on its label, Cuatro Rayas pays tribute to Amador Diez de Íscar, who was president of the winery for 21 years. The winery’s most exclusive and artisanal elaboration is produced from a selection of the 10 best hectares of the winery’s centennial pre-phylloxera vineyard – harvested by hand – and is vinified with the aim of favoring its longevity, making it ideal for its consumption today while maintaining great potential for bottle aging.
The total production of each vintage is very limited – a single batch of 3,000 bottles – and its production process includes fermentation with autochthonous yeasts in 500-liter French and American oak barrels, aging for 8 months on its lees, bâtonnage in the barrels and manual bottling with an exclusive presentation that includes a wooden stamped label.
Viñedo Centenario ‘Amador Diez’ is made from grapes from a centennial pre-phylloxeric vineyard, divided into two different areas: in Valladolid (Hornillos de Eresma), a vineyard at 718m above sea level with sandy loam soil with sands without edges on the surface. , very light; in Segovia, (Aldeanueva del Codonal and Aldehuela del Codonal), vineyards at 862m above sea level with sandy loam soil, on whose surface there are pebbles of quartzites and codons, (large boulders). The mixture of both terrains adds a greater complexity to the wine.
The yolk must obtained from the grapes of these vineyards by means of an inertis press is cold macerated for three days on their burbas in order to enhance the organoleptic characteristics of the grapes from the old vineyards. After going through a static racking process, the must ferments for 40 days in 500-liter barrels, 100% French oak (Quercus Petraea) with extra-fine grain, with growth rings approximately 1mm thick, with a natural drying of 36 months. The light and deep toasting at the same time, with the intention of maintaining all the varietal aromas of the grape, helping the wines with structure and volume in the mouth without detracting from freshness.