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.
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
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 £15.00
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
The grapes for Finca el Otera are always sourced from the same plot from the oldest vineyard. The barrels are tasted and only the finest are selected for Finca el Otero, and the rest produce the Reserva. Lovely fruit concentration on the nose with rich, jammy fruit scents. Concentrated cassis and spice, with good grainy tannins. Very succulent, rich and...more
Bottle 75cl £39.60
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 Buyer
Bottle 75cl £32.00
Optimum growing conditions with the driest Spring of the last 50 years, combined with mild temperatures in early summer and rainfall in early August all contributed to produce healthy grapes of perfect ripeness by harvest time. Only the strictest selection of just fifty percent of the total harvest has been used to produce the Albariño Lagar de Cervera, using the...more
Bottle 75cl £16.13