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Nosso has all the aromas of the first day of harvest and of wet earth; the smell of dew in the early dawn. Pronounced honeyed and floral aromas, with hints of barley sugar, and savoury notes. The palate is textural with distinctive leesy, bready and floral characters. Nature in a bottle.
Local old timers say that “this tastes like Verdejo used to be” and Nosso (no sulfur) represents a turning point and major milestone in Menade’s history: a natural Verdejo, not just from vineyards treated with neither copper nor sulphur, but without sulphur used in its vinification, too.
About the winemakers
Bodegas Menade was established in 2005 by Alejandra, Marco and Richard Sanz, the 6th generation of this wine-producing family, just a kilometre west of the village of Rueda in Spain.
Their winery incorporates a cellar hewn out of the solid rock of La Seca at the beginning of the 19th century. Richard is the winemaker at the estate, while his brother Marco is the viticulturalist, and sister Alejandra looks after exports and communications. Menade’s byline is ‘Made by Nature’ because the winery doesn't use chemical treatments, opting instead for a natural approach using plant-based infusions (like nettles, cinnamon) which are kinder on the soil, plants and naturally-occurring yeasts.
All wines are certified organic, and no sulphur or copper sulphate is used in their vineyards. They use green harvesting to control yields. They also have a garden boasting more than 40 species, many of the plants indigenous to Castilla y Leon. These micro-systems have created ideal habitats for insects and other wildlife, hence increasing biodiversity in their vineyards.