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: 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.
Tasting: This fresh, vibrant young Rioja is made partially by carbonic maceration, a vinification technique not many realise is a tradition in this part of Rioja. Zippy blue and red berries pair with aromatic freshness for a light bodied Tempranillo where the elegance of the wine is allowed to shine through.
Tasting: Medium bodied, this is an attractive wine that has been barrel-aged, and combines both youthful and mature characteristics. Cherry-red in colour with violet notes. On the nose there is a good balance between ripe fruit and quality wood. This balance is also present on the palate where wood, alcohol and tannin combine with spicy vanilla resulting from a touch of delicate oak. A long finish with a pronounced concentration.
Bodega: Ramírez de la Piscina
Region: D.O.Ca Rioja
Aging: French and American oak barrels for 16 months, then in bottle for another 12 months
Tasting: Intense purple red color with ruby hues. Aromas of fresh red and black fruits, floral notes, and earthy minerals, with an elegant touch of smoke. Rich and spicy on the palate providing a long and pleasant finish.