The French variety Sauvignon Blanc, with which Marqués de
Riscal makes this varietal white wine originally comes from the
Loire Valley region. It was introduced in Rueda by Marqués
de Riscal in 1974 and today the winery has 70 hectares from
estate owned vineyards with an average age of over 25 years.
It is now one of the varieties authorised by the Rueda D.O.
Control Board thanks to its great capacity to adapt to the
conditions and to produce wines with high aromatic intensity,
good acidic balance and mineral undertones. The Marqués
de Riscal Sauvignon is made by following the same process
as the RuedaVerdejo.
After a period of cold maceration the
must is racked off and clarified. Slow fermentation takes place
at a controlled temperature of between 13ºC and 15ºC, so as
to protect and preserve the primary aromas which are such a
feature of this variety. Once fermentation is complete, the wine
is left on its fine lees to increase the full-bodied feel in the mouth
and to improve its suitability and to improve its ageing capacity.