Young winemaker Manuel Cantalapiedra has a clear vision of the style of Verdejo he wants to make, and as such even though his vineyards lie in the heart of Rueda his wines have a character all of their own and he doesn't, therefore, use the appellation. Lirondo is from a single small plot of 25-30 year old vines trained on trellis wires. Farmed organically, and beyond, when really ripe the fruit is harvested by hand before being gently pressed and fermented with wild yeasts and without the use of sulphur. It's then kept on its lees for 8 months and is bottled unfined and unfiltered. Stone fruit, bakery and brioche aromas lead onto a soft and weighty palate with a great mineral character, balanced acidity and fresh bitter touches. Even though this is made as naturally as possible - you may find a little sediment in the bottle - this certainly isn't a weird 'out there' wine. It's quite simply very tasty and flavoursome.