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.
Yellow with green hues; clean and bright. It stands out for its great aromatic intensity. Marked notes of stone fruit (apricots) and white fruit (ripe apples, pears and quince) against a background of tropical fruit (pineapples). Powerful and buttery in the mouth, with a pleasant sensation of freshness. Very persistent aftertaste; complex and well balance.more
Bottle 75cl £15.10
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 £30.22
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The blend consists of 95% Tempranillo from 40-year-old vines in Las Cuevas, El Palo and Las Monjas in Rodezno, complemented with 5% Graciano from the Montecillo estate in Fuenmayor. The Graciano gives the wine an aromatic intensity and acidity, to carry the structure and elegance of the Tempranillo. The grapes are vinified separately in four-and-a-half-year-old American oak for three years, and...more
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 £36.08
Medium-high depth, dark-cherry red with an intense garnet-red rim. Clean and bright. Intense aromas, typical of this Rioja Alavesa terroir, with notes of ripe berries (blackberries, blueberries and raspberry jam) against a background of spices, clove, aniseed, incense, tobacco, and mocha. Mild attack with medium body and nice structure. It is well-balanced with sweet tannins. A wine that stands out...more
Bottle 75cl £23.08