Tasting: From the north of the Navarra region, the first wine in the Las Fincas series, a collaboration with renowned Basque chef Juan Mari Arzak. A wonderfully delicate and silky rosado. Aromas of pink blossom and red berries roll into a palate of freshly picked wild strawberries, minerals and fresh, crisp acidity.
Tasting: The third in the series of Las Fincas wines in partnership with renowned Basque chef Juan Mari Arzak. This is a limited production, extremely premium rosado made from the very best Garnacha fruit from their Finca de Legardeta vineyard. Fermented in new French oak to build breadth and texture, aging in French oak on lees after fermentation also assists this. Elegant aromas of white fruit and pink blossom, and a palate of delicately scented raspberries, mountain herbs, smoke accented minerals, with a delicious strawberries and cream texture.
Tasting: Bodegas Ramón Bilbao’s super premium rosado with fruit exclusively from their Lalinde vineyard. A decidedly textural rosado thanks to aging on lees, a fine nose of red berry accented pear flesh with mountain flowers greets the drinker before the palate reveals just ripe red berry fruit, nuances of minerals, slate and white apricot, with a lick of fresh acidity to round things out.
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 textural and charming rosado is made from Mallorcan native grape Mantonegro, herb accented red berries and apricot skin on the nose, the palate, all fresh strawberries and light cashew, with graphite minerality and a slight note of peach kernel and salinity.
Tasting: High altitude, bush trained vineyards, organically farmed and certified by the Basque Organic Regulatory Council. A lighter style rosado made in the Provençal style, but perhaps with a little more interest and character. Zippy and fresh, with red berries, light white peach, mountain herbs and blossom. Summer in a bottle!
Tasting: Interesting doesn’t cover this wine well enough! This is a style of pink wine (thought to be the original) created by co-fermenting white and red grapes together. An exquisite, elegant and intoxicating perfume of white fruit, peach, citrus, orange peel, and subtle notes of nuts. On the palate, it is fresh, with marked acidity, white fruit, citrus, and a saline finish with underlying mineral length. Grown organically and bottled un-fined and unfiltered with no added sulphur.
Tasting: D.O. Navarra has always been the traditional heartland of full bodied, rich Spanish Rosado, but with consumers wanting lighter styles, some producers have adapted. The Señorio de Sarría, nods its head to crisper, lighter styles such as those from Provence, but still has delicious texture. Notes of red berries and rose petals on the nose, with a palate of lychees, green strawberries and grapefruit.
Tasting: The traditional wines of the Basque country often have an intriguing prickle to them due to being rested on lees after fermentation in an anaerobic environment at low temperatures. A wonderfully expressive nose of blossom and wet stones leads to a palate of wild strawberry, cherries and sea sprayed cranberries, rounded off deliciously with crisp acidity and the aforementioned slight spritz.
Tasting: The traditional stye of rosado in Spain, and specifically Navarra has always been full bodied and fruit driven, and this doesn’t necessarily mean that wine is sweeter just because it is darker, generally it will have more body, texture and fruit because the deeper colour has come from longer contact with the grape skins, and this is a prime example of this traditional style. Condensed red fruit, strawberry, red apple and a dash of mountain herbs.
Tasting: Bodegas Sumarocca farm their 400 hectares 100% organically and are certified by the Catalunyan regulatory authority. Strawberries and cream abound in this deliciously crisp yet textural cava. Fresh baked croissant combines with soft, fresh strawberry and raspberry fruit.
Tasting: From Sierra de Gredos natural wine maestro Daniel V. Ramos, a self-described ‘Span-Aussie’ (born in Australia to Spanish parents, then grew up in Madrid). The nose opens with an oxidative, warm apple cider note, before becoming all about the red fruit. Lovely texture on the palate, mouth-filling but not cloying, red berry fruit, rose water, tangerine skin and cinnamon. Bottled un-fined and unfiltered with no added sulphur.
Tasting: The Serendipity range is from Jordi's daughter Aïda. A rosado with fabulous character, medium bodied, lots of ripe red fruit, with a delicious spicy and peppery note, a fantastic rosado to drink with food.
Tasting: A collaborative project between us – the Tapavino Group – and the winery Dehesa del Carrizal. A broad and textural rosado, it has body and fruit showing flavours of red currants, ripe raspberry with silky mouthfeel.
Tasting: Made from the first free run of juice (the juice that is extracted purely by weight of the must, no pressing), this is an extraordinarily complex rosado, showing pear flesh, fresh summer berries and Mediterranean hillside herbs.
Tasting: Aromas of red berries and pink blossoms, rolling into a palate that is zippy and bright, oodles of strawberries and cream, quite textural for the category, but still with Txakoli's trademark fierce acidity