Tasting: A blend of dry oloroso and sweet Pedro Ximénez, with characters of both making this Sherry. Rich and sumptuous, an outstanding example of the category, toffee apple and nut aromas supported by a beguiling palate of raisins, dried apricot, figs and vanilla.
Tasting: The 1906 range was released to celebrate the centenary of the founding of the brewery Hijos de Rivera in La Coruña Galicia. The nose of La Colorada shows distinct caramel character, red apple skin and a hint of toasted brown bread. A delicious silky palate shows pleasing bitterness that balances perfectly against the 8% alcohol, a malty core dominates with herbal spicy notes and a touch of pleasing woodiness.
Tasting: Smooth silky and supple with underlying concentration and power. A nose of red and black fruits, cloves, cedar and black peppercorn, leading to a sumptuous muscular palate of condensed ripe raspberry, black plums, woody spices, wonderfully bright acidity considering its age and brash grippy tannin, both elements suggesting that this wine has decades left to be enjoyed
Bodega: Bodegas Montecillo
Region: D.O.Ca Rioja
Aging: 30 months in American oak followed by 5 years in bottle
Tasting: Un-fined and unfiltered, low in added sulphites, golden amber from prolonged skin contact. Farmed organically and biodynamically this skin contact Xarel.lo provides an exceptionally cerebral wine drinking experience with notes of honey, white fruit and herbs on the nose with an exceptional palate of dried apricot, baking spices, cooked apple flesh and garrigue herbs. A very well made wine that will delight skin contact wine lovers and the curious alike.
Tasting: The outstanding wines of Alejandro Moyano are as poetic to drink as the labels and their names would suggest. An award-winning winery, self-sufficient and completely off the electricity and water supplies vinifies the organically grown Tinto Fino – the local name for Tempranillo – with the minimum of handling. Abrí Las Alas – I Opened the Wings – is the pinnacle of Alejandro’s wines, to anyone serious about Spanish wine, this is a future contender with neighbour Vega Sicilia’s legendary Unico. This wine is simply a work of art, a refined nose of black fruit, cedar and spice, the palate, intense, expressive, explosive and yet, defined, restrained and poised all at the same time. Rich muscular, concentrated fruit, black raspberry, plum jam, forest berries and sun ripened ripe strawberry fruit, herbaceous notes, graphite minerality and length they will stay with you into your dreams at night!
Tasting: Exceptionally complex and layered cava, notes of waxy lemon and fresh cooked brioche on the nose with a fine palate of delicate carbonation, floral elements on the palate complement white apricot, citrus and bitter almonds with toasted bread.
Tasting: Aromas of spice, fresh brambly berries, and liquorice, which lead to a soft palate of mountain blueberries, fresh acidity, and savoury earthy qualities. This lends more to a lighter style Monastrell with outstanding finesse.
Tasting: This blend of Chardonnay and Petit Manseng is made in the high plateau of Manchuela, 1050m above sea level where snow coats the vineyards in winter. A fuller bodied style with white apple flesh, pear and nuts, the winemaking imparts a little oxidative character, it is low in added sulphur and certified vegan.
Tasting: Albariño is not frequently oak aged, but when it is done correctly it can produce exceptional wine, this example from Altos de Torona confirms that. The nose displays aromas of ripe, cooked citrus, with a sumptuous palate of ripe apricot, preserved lemon, kaffir lime and toasted wood notes.