We have an all-Spanish affair for this months Mixed Dozen and while you may have hear us beat the drum on the renaissance going in on there we are here to show you a state-of-play if you would of Spain's greatest hits and rising stars.
While Tempranillo is no doubt king of kings in Spain the countries diverse climates and terrains, a senses of re-discovery of it wine-making past along with an injection of young blood has seen the diversity in styles of wine and up-tick in quality soar over the past decade. Its been exciting to watch and even more-so to drink.
From in around Rioja we have several expressions of the famous Rioja region. From the northern reaches the Biurko Gorri 100% Tempranillo shines with its bright fruit and mineral flecked palate. The Real Agrado is a Garnacha base blend and offers a soft and sublime red unhindered by any oak influence. The Valdemoreda is one of the best value Temps going around while the Honoro Rubio is a Clarete or Rose style that is sure to satisfy.
From the west and the balmy Atlantic coast the Eidosella Charquino Albarinho is the perfect thirst quencher with its salty tang and plush, vibrant fruits. Further inland we head to one of the most exciting regions to be drinking from in Bierzo. The Godelia Mencia old schist-soiled mountain vines rings with sweet spice, red currant fruit and minerally tannins in fresh and bright frame.
Fly South east to the Mediterranean coast to one of the most intriguing and delicious projects we have seen in some time with the Celler Roure Blanco. A local blend of 25% Macabeo and 25% Pedro Ximenez and 10% each Malvasía, Tortosina, Verdil, Chardonnay and other whites that sizzles on the palate. We just love the wines form this producer.
Further inland we have the fascinating Marsilea Premier Bobal and ancient varirty re-viotalised. Its dense and structured with a ferrous edge the perfect winter warmer. A touch south and The La Purisma Monatrell blend takes this classic variety with a touch of Syrah making a fun and juicy drop that offers insane value.
From the rest of the country we have some classic drops. The La Goya Manzanilla is pitch-perfect Sherry from this high quality producer. In Catalunya we have the 'grower' Champagne of Spain with the Torreblanca Cava 2018 and from the southern reaches of Priorat with have the excellent Aucala Tinto Garnacha.
This is an exciting exploration of this great wine producing country and offers up a little bit of something for everybody. We hope you enjoy!
Cheers, The Team at PWS