Tasting: Tomeu Llabrés' Ca'n Verdura project aims to reinvigorate plantings of indigenous Mallorcan varieties that have lost ground on the island to French varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This intriguing light bodied red has delicious flavours of red berries, bramble fruits, balsamic notes, and Mediterranean herbs.
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. El Primer Beso – The First Kiss – is certified organic, medium bodied with oodles of soft, ripe, morello cherry fruit, raspberry, and lovely underlying graphite minerality.
Tasting: Trepat was long thought to not be capable of producing good still wine (it has traditionally been used to produce rose cava), talented producers are changing the reputation of the grape with some very fine Trepat wines. Light bodied, silky smooth texture, plush red berries, fresh cut herbs and balsamic notes.
Tasting: An indigenous grape variety in Spain’s southeast, Bobal has a chequered past. When over irrigated it can produce very large volumes of fruit, over cropped vines produce bland, sub-standard fruit. This coupled with its extremely good disease resistance has meant that it has been used extensively for poor quality bulk wine. However, in the right hands, with yields kept low, Bobal can produce exceptionally beguiling wines. A medium bodied wine with silky smooth tannin, that wraps around a core of earthy blueberry, smoked cacao, cassis and minerals.
Tasting: A light bodied wine but as you’d expect from Bierzo Mencía, it has more breadth and ripeness than its Galician version. Earthy black fruit intermingles with smoke, balsamic notes, and ripe red berries.
Tasting: Rich, perfumed, with a good balance between depth and power. Aromas of cassis and raspberry jam. Elegant touch of smoke, roasted pepper and chocolate. Soft, complex and with a very long finish.
Tasting: A light bodied wine from Raúl Acha’s Garnachas of Spain project, which sees him reinvigorate old, abandoned Garnacha vineyards through the Ebro River valley from Rioja to Priorat. Salvaje de Moncayo is in the north of Aragón, at altitude, on the Moncayo mountain range. Light bodied, it has flavours of red berries, damsons, garrigue herbs and fine grained tannins.
Tasting: Usually used as a blending grape in Rioja, Graciano makes exceptional wines as a monovarietal. Medium bodied with firm acidity, candied black fruit and spice are all wrapped up with delicious crunchy tannin.