The French variety Sauvignon Blanc, used for producing this wine and whose origin is centred in the Loire region, was introduced by Marqués de Riscal into Rueda in 1974. Today, it forms part of the varieties authorised by the Rueda "Denominación de Origen" on account of its great adaptability to the environment and because it produces very aromatic white wines of great balance and quality. The Marqués de Riscal Sauvignon follows the same winemaking process as the Rueda Superior, with cold maceration, thereby preventing the appearance of pigments. In order to protect the primary characteristics, fermentation is carried out at a controlled temperature of between 12 and 13 ºC.
Year of above average rainfall with a total of 480 l/m2. The 311 l/m2 in autumn-winter provided enough reserves of water to withstand the long months of a remarkably dry summer. There was considerable frost on April 21 which caused damage in the lower areas of the D.O., of upto between 30-40%, depending on the area. Mild temperatures in March and April brought forward the vine´s growth cycle, with budbreak ocurring two weeks earlier than normal. Some rain during flowering led to a little coulure with the consequent reduction in the yield. Summer temperatures were not unduly hot and the harvest was brought forward to the beginning of September, nearer to usual than was foreseeable at the start of the growth cycle. Very healthy, ripe harvest of excellent quality.
Penetrating aroma of pure, ripe fruit with an immediate, persistent impact on the nose.
Pale colour with topaz highlights.
Very smooth on the palate as a whole with a slight touch of acidity on the tongue and overall freshness which expands on the finish.