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Vega Sicilia - Oremus Mandalas 2019

White wine from Tokaj · Hungary
£30.00 £25.00
Case Rate: £25.00
Ex Tax: £20.83
Wine Region: Tokaj
Winery: Vega Sicilia
Grape: Furmint
Grape Percentage: 100% Furmint
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Limited Stock: (6 btls)
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Wine Region: Tokaj
Winery: Vega Sicilia
Grape: Furmint
Grape Percentage: 100% Furmint
Unit Quantity (ml): 750


Mandolás, made from the Furmint grape variety, has evolved continuously from the debut 2000 vintage up until now. A series of improvements have been taking place in all of the processes, from the vineyard up to its release to market, marrying the most modern winemaking to ancestral tradition. In the vineyard, specific plots were selected that had sufficient planting density to give optimal golden-ripe clusters. The effort to select old Furmint clones (sourced from the over-50-year-old Petrács vineyard) has also helped to increase the quality of Mandolás from vintage to vintage. The manually harvested bunches were gently pressed, and fermentation took place 50% in new Hungarian oak barrels and 50% in stainless steel tanks. 70% of the wine was aged in oak barrels for 3 months with weekly lees-stirring (batonnage) and then for another 3 months in complete peace

Wine tasting notes

Mandolás Furmint is a young, fruit-driven wine with a fresh aroma and attack, supported by great body and structure.

Winery information

Vega Sicilia

Vega Sicilia, Spain's "first growth"; and most prestigious wine estate, is located in Ribera del Duero, beside a highway east of Valladolid. The estate covers around 1000 hectares, of which 230 - 250 are under vines. It was founded in 1864 by Don Eloy Lecanda y Chaves, who arrived from Bordeaux with cuttings of local grapes (Cab. Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec) and planted them, together with Spain's signature grape Tinto Fino (clone of Tempranillo) in the arid Ribera soils.

The winery begun building its formidable reputation after 1903 under the ownership of Antonio Herrero, winning a number of awards, and enjoying an international distribution. The estate changed hands several more times before its acquisition by the current owners, the Alvarez family, in 1982.

Vega Sicilia has founded its success on its meticulous wine-producing practices: In the vineyard it applies low yields, aided by green harvesting, and a painstaking grape selection. In the winery, wines undertake a complicated series of rackings from huge barrels to new and old oak. Despite the very prolonged barrel ageing, e.g. the 1970 Unico has over 16 years, the wine flavours are never dried out or overly oaky when mature, which is compelling evidence of the superb quality of its raw materials.

The Vega Sicilia range includes 3 cuvees: Unico (";unique";) is the flagship, followed by Reserva Especial a blend of top vintages, both made up of Tinto Fino ( 80%), Cab. Sauv and little Merlot, and traditionally of 10 years ageing. Nowadays the wine maker, Javier Ausas ages the Unica wines for only 5-6 years, before bottling.

Valbuena is made from younger vines, and in years when Unico is not produced grapes normally destined for Unico will go into Valbuena. It is only released after 5 years' ageing. Spain's "Chateau Latour" has illustrious history, a sense of place, immense respect for tradition and immaculate winemaking. It has laid the foundation for what has become one of the best wine-making regions in Spain, Ribera del Duero.

Vinification notes

2019 began with a very cold January followed by a mild and extremely dry February and March. After a warm first half of spring, the second half was the coolest in the last 10 years. Extremely hot temperatures during the flowering, with the warmest June in 10 years, were followed by a cold July with heavy rainfall. The ripening season was fast, and harvest began the first week of September. The maturation was ideal for dry wines and healthy bunches were picked with excellent sugar-acidity balance.