A tour of the Iberian Peninsula, exploring the superb new-wave of wines emanating therefrom: quality, style, originality and incredible value are the watchwords here!
RIAS BAIXAS Albarino, Igrexio de Saiar, Benito Santos
Benito Santos was an important winemaker in the history of the region, instrumental in the conservation of the Albariño grape The wine displays very vibrant, zingy acidity and inherent minerality, which sets it apart from other styles of Albariño.
MONTERREI Godello Mara Martin
Clean and vivid straw-yellow colour. The varietal aromas of hay, apple and pear dominate with intense hints of wild flowers and subtle nuances of lime citrus. On the palate, the wine is intense and upfront, with an attractive depth and structure that derives from lees contact, and a long, persistent finish.
CASTILLA Montanar Organic Verdejo
All Montañar's vineyards have been certified organic since 1997 and biodynamic since 2012 because they feel they get the best fruits this way. The Verdejo has an exotic nose that verges on tropical fruit but retains a citrus zest on the palate. Intense fruit aromas and apple blossom are reflected on the palate with an additional hint of bitter almond.
JUMILLA Goru El Blanco, Egobodegas
A clean, crisp modern white with depth and complexity: aromas of ripe white fruit and the typical flowery notes of the Moscatel stand out, while the Chardonnay provides body and structure.
VINHO VERDE Loureiro & Alvarinho, Quinta do Azevedo
An intense aroma with ripe citrus notes; limes and orange blossom to the fore. Refreshing on the palate with aromatic citrine flavours and a firm, but very well-integrated, acidity. This wine has a balanced and crisp finish..
VINHO VERDE Alvarinho Do Capitao Mor
From a single vineyard in the Vinho Verde sub-region, the heartland of Alvarinho, the wine is rich and smoothly textured. It has a fine creamy character that is filled with ripe pear and apricot fruits. The more citrus acidity is just right to balance this richness. Wine Enthuiast Editor’s Choice
VALENCIA ‘Mala Vida’, Bodegas Arraez
- A blend of Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tempranillo, all coming from vineyards 15 to 30 years of age. 8 Months in French and American oak barrels. Ripe and complex with violet notes, plum, blackberry and spice, and soft but structured tannins.
JUMILLA El Goru Tinto, Egobodegas
Monastrell, Syrah & Petit Verdot with 4 months oak ageing. Intense aromas of black cherries and palma violets; ripe fruit adds a rich mouthfeel with spice, soft tannins, vanilla and cinnamon notes on the finish.
CARINENA El Circo ‘Acrobata’, Garnacha
Typical of the varietal, with intense aromas of fresh red fruit, cherries and strawberries, and hints of Mediterranean forest herbs. Lovely sweet berryfruit, balanced by good tannins and acidity. It is agile and fresh, and very easy to drink.
ALENTEJO Trinca Bolotas, Herdade do Peso
A delicious wine typical of the Alentejo Vibrant red in colour. Great aromatic intensity dominated by ripe red and black fruits (blackberries, raspberries). IWC GOLD MEDAL 2018
DOURO Prova Cega, Quinta de Curvos
Intense red with violet reflections, aroma of ripe red fruit and a touch of spice. Structured, smooth with long, soft tannins.
LISBOA Mar de Palha, Vinho Tinto
A fabulous blend of the Syrah and the indigenous Touriga Nacional varietal. The Syrah providing weight, power and intensity of dark fruit and the Touriga Nacional providing elegance and finesse to the blend.
12 bottle case £139 (Price if bought separately £149)
Just the Whites £71 or Just the Reds £68