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: This super delicious natural wine is one for the Sherry lovers and the adventurous! Produced organically, this table wine from Sherry country shows citrus, chamomile, cooked apple and lip smacking salinity, with a little bit of grip due to a small amount of time on skins.
Tasting: Bodegas Vinificate are two brothers that after studying chemistry at university decided to make wine largely without the use of synthetic chemicals. They are part of the movement of reviving non fortified table wine from what is traditionally Sherry country. Crunchy, zippy bright acidity makes this wine super fresh and up front, bursting with zingy raspberry fruit and cherry undertones. Un-fined and unfiltered with minimal added sulphites.
Bodega: Bodegas Vinificate
Grape: Tintilla de Rota, Tempranillo, Palomino Fino
Tasting: From vineyards just 5kms from the Mediterranean, the effect of the sea on viticulture in this part of Catalunya is unmistakable. Breezy, concentrated fruit, kiwi, lime and apple. It has body and texture, but with a good line of acidity to keep it fresh and alive.
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: 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.
2013 Casta Diva Cosecha Miel (Moscatel, Muscat of Alexandria and Moscatell)
TASTING NOTES OF 2013 Casta Diva Cosecha Miel:
View: attractive golden yellow.
Nose: sweet scent of orange blossom honey,
rose water and bitter orange, exotic and Moorish background toasted almonds, pastry and sweet spices with vanilla as the main protagonist.
Mouth: fruity, return sweetness of honey and
the freshness of bitter orange, light, subtle and delicate, persistent step.
WINE PAIRING: Jijona, pastries and fruit salads, foie
Gutiérrez de la Vega
75cl Other volumes
Moscatel, Muscat of Alexandria, Moscatell
Bodegas Gutiérrez de la Vega elaborates this 2013 Casta Diva Cosecha Miel , a sweet wine from the region of Alicante with the best moscatell, muscat of alexandria and moscatel grapes from the 2013 vintage and comes with an alcohol content of 14%.
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. This organically grown example from Bodegas Cerro Gallina is lower medium bodied, heady aromas of spiced dry blueberry fruit meet the nose, the palate is exceptionally long and complex, notes black cherries, earthy blackcurrants, toasted spices wrapped around a core of silky yet lightly grippy tannins.
Tasting: Bright and bursting with character, this 100% Garnacha Blanca from Rioja Alavesa opens with a bold nose of crab-apple, quince and lime, before the silky, creamy palate delivers crunchy lemon skin, myrtle, greengage and saline freshness.
Bodega: Bodegas Exeo
Region: D.O.Ca Rioja
Grape: Garnacha Blanca
Aging: 6 months in a blend of large oak foudres and concrete eggs
Tasting: Principally all Mencía, there is a small dash of Tempranillo and Garnacha making up 9% of this wine. Light bodied, but with additional ripeness and density brought by barrel aging. Supple loganberry, morello cherry and blackcurrants overlay delicate floral and blossom notes with notes of aromatic spices. Satin and sleek texture are at the core of this extremely poised and elegant wine.
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. The nose is intense with aromas of ripe red seasonal fruit (cherries, blackberries, blackcurrant), subtle hints of violets, rosemary and a touch of black pepper. Certified Vegan and organic.