With nearly 1.16 million hectares under vine, Spain boasts the largest surface area of vine cultivation in the world that dates back to Roman times. There are 67 appellations, many of which perhaps live in the shadow of the better known appellations of Rioja, Cava, Sherry and the Ribera del Duero.
The country has a varied climate from the cooler, greener north to the parched Mediterranean south, but the growers cope with the heat by planting vineyards with an average altitude of 2,000 feet. The hot climate produces ripe, rich and powerful wines that can compete well with New World reds, but with additional appeal from a host of excellent indigenous grape varieties.
Bottle 75cl £20.00
The best classic style of Garnacha and Tempranillo pulling together joyful fruit expression and serious depth. In the mouth it is amazingly complex, and unique. A benchmark Rioja blend.
95 points, Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW
The nose opens with warm earthy tones. Appealing spice sits alongside dried peel notes and hightoned fruit over a hint of...
Magnum 150cl £50.00
A delightful bouquet of crushed blackberries and damsons is accompanied by perfumed, spiced notes of violet, pot-pourri and black pepper. The palate is full and rounded with fine velvety tannins and a fantastic freshness that lifts the wine, providing an elegant and striking backbone. The finish is floral and persistent. This excellent value wine from a well-regarded organic producer would...more
Bottle 75cl £8.84
Very bright cherry red colour, with a medium-high robe. Fresh and clean to the nose, with hints of ripe berries (blackberries and gooseberries), roasting and tobacco. After agitating the glass, they give way to hints of walnuts, cinnamon and sweet liquorice. Direct on the palate, with a good balance between alcohol and acidity; marked tannins leave an elegant aftertaste with...more
Bottle 75cl £69.14