1 x Vent del Mare Garnacha Blanca, Terra Alta
Hand-picked grapes from old bush vines within a region called Terra Alta located in the South West corner of Catalonia. The natural freshness of this wine comes from the high altitude in which they are grown, with a constant breeze that cools the grapes, perfect for organic viticulture. A special selection of the Garnacha Blanca grape and gentle pressing for quality juice that gives elegance and refinement. This has a lovely mineral element, lively fresh fruit with a delicious mouthfeel and length to the wine.
1 x Diez Siglos Verdejo, Rueda
Diez Siglos is a group of local growers working together in Rueda promoting
indigenous grapes like verdejo. This is a region that traditional produced white wines that had been aged in open vats which gives that almost “sherry” like taste and this wasn’t a style that suited a lot of people. With the introduction of stainless steel and more modern winemaking techniques, it showed the verdejo in as a much brighter fresher wine with lovely vibrant acidity that was more appealing. Grapes harvested at night maintaining the natural acidity, with a fresh tangerine, stone fruits a rounded complex mouthfeel, perfect for fish dishes.
1 x Robalino Albarino, Rias Baixas
From the north-west region of Spain Rias Baixas, Galicia, where it receives the cool breeze of the Atlantic and is known as “Green Spain” Albarino, is the flagship white grape that shines here. Due to its green and damp climate the vines are trained high up to 7 metres to allow them to get the benefit of the breeze. Albarino is produced by the sea and is the perfect match for seafood dishes, giving rich apricot and tropical fruit aromas and flavours. This is well balanced, rounded and delicious with crisp acidity and a long finish.
1 x Los Vinateros Crianza, Rioja
You can’t have a Spanish case without featuring the most famous wine region, Rioja. Rioja is located in the northern part of Spain where tempranillo is the main grape-producing of the famous red wine. I feel this is a superb example of a Crianza Rioja, as a Crianza it has to have had minimum ageing of 1 year in oak and a further year in bottle before it is released (2 years minimum ageing). Full of rich dark fruits with hints of smoke, vanilla and spice, well-rounded wine with structure and a smooth lingering finish.
1 x Vent del Mare Garnacha and Syrah, Terra Alta
The second wine to feature the Terra Alta region in this selection, but this shows the second well know red grape of Spain after Tempranillo, the Garnacha grape (aka grenache in France). Handpicked Garnacha from old bush vines high up in the mountains with the more internationally known grape syrah. They are vinified separately before being blending and bottling. This shows lovely vibrant red berry fruits with a lovely concentration of compote fruit, elegant with a lovely finish, perfect to enjoy with roast lamb.
1 x Merayo Mencia, Bierzo
A delicious and vibrant wine from Bierzo the north-west of Castilla y Leon, with its mineral-rich soil and mountainous range it is perfect for viticulture and a region growing in popularity. The Mencia grape (aka Jaen in Portugal) producers medium-bodied wines with lovely red fruits & floral notes. Juan Merayo winemaker crafts his wines from 80-year-old bush vines, which have to be handpicked. For this wine, no oak is used but aged on lees giving the wine weight and texture. It offers fresh perfumed violets, ripe berry fruits with a spicy long finish. Versatile wine is as beautiful with roast meats and hard cheeses.