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Bodegas Robles Castillo de Montilla Verdejo 2017

Francisco and Lorcan during our visit in April 2018


When we visited Bodegas Robles in April with Lorcan  Francisco Robles gave us two bottles of an experimental Verdejo to take home and review at our leisure- in Ireland and in Scotland.

April Meanderings with the Irish Wino

We decided that the best approach would be to do this collaboratively via WhatsApp.  So on April 26th, 2018 we set up a group to facilitate this and Francisco kindly joined in on the exchange.

This is 100% Verdejo at an ABV of 12% from 12 year old organic vines and at the time of bottling, April 2018, had spent 10 months ageing in a 225 litre Virgin French Oak barrel with medium toasting.

Lorcan’s Tasting Notes


The nose has soft tropical fruit, pineapple, nectarine and prickly pear. The complexity and nuttiness from the oak and micro-oxygenation that gives is there. Not typical of the Verdejos we see from the north of Spain.


The mouth is round and soft. Very nice texture coming from the oak and presuming malo-lactic fermentation. Again nectarine, pear, a hint of vanilla, maybe even banana (which I wouldn’t expect in a Verdejo) before a lovely lemony, red apple and an overripe pear finish. There is also a lovely nuttiness that lingers after the finish probably from that long period in the oak. Must less of a fruit bomb than Rueda Verdejos.


A very nice, elegant wine and a different take on Verdejo. Most interesting Verdejo I have had since Menade Nosso (which I’m pretty sure is also wild yeast).

Laura & Erik’s Tasting Notes


A hint a strawberries and cream with some pineapple and nectarine and lemon in the background. There is even honey and lemon.


We got peaches, spiced lemon and a hint of honey. Creamy mouth feel and ripe banana on the finish. There is a woodiness too with a slight dryness on the tongue. Also get citrus and cocoa on the long finish.

Laura sampling the Verdejo at the bodega in January, 2019

Once again we can’t thank Francisco for his generosity and time.

Last month we visited Bodegas Robles again and got to try this wine again with a further 9 months of ageing in the same French oak barrel. It had certainly evolved even further. Francisco has also confirmed that there will be an official bottling of this in Spring 2020 and it will be 100% organic and suitable for vegans.

Who is Lorcan O’Brien?

@The IrishWino

Wine Communications and Content Manager at O’Briens Wines

Highly passionate about whiskey and wine including selling, writing and travel. He has contributed to magazines and newspapers in Ireland and Spain. Frequently travels to the wine producing regions of Europe, with a particular focus on the wines of Spain.

Regularly attends press tastings and new product launches and has been a member of the judging panel for the wine category of the Irish Quality Food & Drink Awards.

He has completed the WSET3 with Premier Wine Training achieving a double distinction


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