Vega Sicilia, Unico 2005

Vega Sicilia, Unico 2005 is being offered pre-release at £549 for a case of three bottles, equivalent to £2,196 per 12×75.

The vintage has been held at the estate for two years longer than usual to allow for additional maturation. Winemaker Gonzalo Iturriaga explained to the drinks business that this has allowed the very powerful wine to mellow. He added, “It was a good idea. The wine has changed completely.”

The 2007 and 2008 have already been released. The 2006 has also been held back and is expected to be released next year.

The wine does not have a recent score from any leading critics, but back in 2012 Neal Martin awarded it 95 points. He noted: “The 2005 looks set to be a wonderful Unico when it is eventually released.”

The 2005 is priced at around the same level as the highly scored 2004, and a touch below other older vintages. Buyers will no doubt await further critic reviews with enthusiasm.