Cuatro Rayas Winery has just released “61” Vermouth, the first 100% Verdejo aperitif, a new drink produced precisely in the so-called birthplace of Verdejo, the town of La Seca in Valladolid. “61” becomes the first vermouth available in the market claiming its Verdejo roots. A white wine that has been macerated with a careful selection of botanicals resulting in a mahogany colour vermouth with low bush aromas. The winemaker Roberto L. Tello –a professional devoted to bringing every day the best of this grape variety in the wines he produces in the winery located in the D.O. Rueda– has been in charge of giving birth a product that combines modernity and tradition and named “61” after the first brand of wine bottled back in the 50s by the now known as Cuatro Rayas Winery. In fact, you can find this brand today in one of our oldest wines, “61” Dorado, a fortified wine that is a historic testimony of the wines supported by the D.O. Rueda.
“61” vermouth is bottled in a Jerezana bottle to claim its wine personality, produced with 100% Verdejo variety and is the result of the coupage of a fermentation of the fifty percent of the wine in barrels and aged on lees and a similar amount of young Verdejo. The aim is that the result, macerated with a mix of the botanicals selected by Roberto L. Tello, expresses the characteristics of the grape.
Mahogany colour and low bush aroma
The mix of the Verdejo together with the essence of the botanicals and the caramel provide this vermouth with a mahogany colour and amber highlights, an intense aroma where low bush as fennel and elderflower dominates with hints of thyme and rosemary, characteristic of the Verdejo variety. Balanced on the palate, with a bitter, pleasant long finish, and the balsamic aftertaste we found on the nose.
The cooperative from Valladolid has planned to sell it in the national market as well as internationally, where, in the latter case, the prestige of the Verdejo variety has grown significantly. It will be soon available for restaurants and bars, and also supermarkets and speciality shops.