Vega Sicilia is widely regarded as Spain's most prestigious wine estate. It's origins date back to 1864. At this time the foundations of the vineyards were laid down with Bordeaux cuttings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec planted to complement Ribera del Duero's signature grape of Tinto Fino (Tempranillo). The estate has changed hands several times before its acquisition by the current owners, the Álvarez family, in 1982.
Reputation over the years has been achieved through a careful attention to detail - low yields, aided by green harvesting and painstaking fruit selection at harvest. Valbuena 5°is the entry-level offering from Vega Sicilia. An expression of Tinto Fino aged for five years, hence the “5°”. Only a small percentage of Merlot is added to the blend in each vintage.
High April temperatures saw budbreak come slightly early in the vineyard, but sharp temperature changes towards the end of that month and severe widespread frosts significantly affected budbreak. The most destructive frost occurred on the night of April 27/28, though the estate’s frost towers helped lessen its effects. The cold front at the end of April/start of May passed over quickly, giving way to high temperatures and just enough rain, enabling the vineyard to recover. The total rainfall of just 235mm across the entire growing season was below the historical average. The significant diurnal temperature variations during the first fortnight of September contributed to the ripeness and balance of the finished wine.
Opens with an expressive nose of wild berry fruit, herb and floral notes and a well integrated spice/smokiness. The palate is medium to full-bodied, complex and intense. There is a purity to the juicy, crunchy fruit coupled with a hint of pencil lead and restrained oak. A long and persistent finish.
The wine is ready to enjoy now, but will undoubtedly improve with age.
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We deliver free to all addresses within 1.5km of the shop. There is a£5charge for orders below £100
STANDARD UK POSTCODES £8 per drop for purchases below £250. Free above.
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We want you to enjoy the wines you have purchased from us. If you find you have bought a case and find the first bottle is not for you we are happy to exchange the wines for something else. All we ask is that you cover the delivery costs for return of the old wine and sending of the new bottles. Please advise of any returns within 14 days of receiving the wines, we are unable to accept after this point.
Sadly, from time to times bottles will develop faults. If you think your wine is corked, oxidised or otherwise faulty please contact us to discuss. We are unable to offer refunds for bottles which have been out of the shop longer than two months as storage conditions are out of our control.
Quick note on Fine Wine purchasing.
When ordering that special bottle of wine it is worth doing a little research before making a purchase. Wine is a living product, which goes through changes and stages of development in the bottle, as well as varying between vintages. If you are considering ordering an older vintage we recommend speaking to a member of staff or using a review site like cellartracker.com to try and get as full a picture as possible of the flavour profile and development of the bottle you are considering.
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