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 of Spanish wine, 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.
An extremely elegant reserva with an enveloping bouquet of crushed red cherries and subtle spices with just a hint of lavender. On the palate, smooth textures and bright red berry fruits are balanced by a refined mineral character which leads to a long and refreshing finish. Beautifully defined and supple, and almost Burgundian in style, this wine will age well...more
Bottle 75cl £28.00
Yellow with green hues; clean and bright. Outstandingly intense aromas, with hints of stone fruit (peaches), white fruit (pears and ripe apples) and quince, in addition to a remarkable lemon leaf citrus background. A flavoursome mouth is accompanied by an enjoyable breadth and freshness, together with a very well-integrated acidity. Very persistent, fruit-forward finish. Perfect to enjoy with any appetiser....more
Bottle 75cl £15.00
The 2016 is a beautifully aromatic wine with notes of peach, white apples and clean citrus fruits. The characters on the nose are reflected on the palate which shows lovely complexity of ripe citrus fruits. It retains great freshness thanks to well-integrated citrus acidity. Perfect to be enjoyed on its own, it would make an ideal accompaniment to seafood as...more
Bottle 75cl £15.00 £15.00
The nose opens with warm earthy tones. Appealing spice sits alongside dried peel notes and hightoned fruit over a hint of leather The fruit is forward, and a touch juicier than in the past, underpinned by the same spicy notes found on the nose. A keen freshness knits everything together and the balance of this wine is impeccable. Drink from...more
Bottle 37.5cl £15.00
The nose immediately strikes with beautiful perfumed violets. Rich notes of ripe plum fruit complements this aromatic profile. The palate is full bodied but not over bearing, instead there are soft, gentle tannins that carry the structure superbly. A wonderfully complex herbaceous profile is revealed and dominated by fennel and lavender. The rich purple fruit contains echoes of port and...more
Bottle 75cl £30.14
This wine is strong, mature and lush to the mouth. It has an excellent tannin structure and yet remains smooth with time. It reveals itself to be very balanced and has a long-lasting finish. It has a refined and complex bouquet. Aromas of well-seasoned fruit, spicy wood, toasted whiffs, hints of minerals and a slightly musky background all stand out.more
Bottle 75cl £34.60
Another cracker was the Aster, Finca El Otero 2014 from Burgos, the central chunk of Ribera where most of the best wines comes from. This big wine (14.5% above but well-balanced) was notably complex with well-meshed tannins and a long finish. Clearly, it will age well.Geoffrey Dean, The Buyermore
Bottle 75cl £36.00