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Spanish Drinking Dozen - Winter 2021 Part II
The Spanish wine scene is now one of the most exciting to explore of all of Europe. The countryside is a multitude of undiscovered and re-discovered varieties as well as home to some of the most comforting and well-known wines of the world.
Weather drinking juicy and soft Tempranillo based wines from Rioja to incredible pinot-like wines of the north-west corner or from crazy old Garnaxa bush vines in Priorat there is so much to like.
In more recent years young and up-and-coming winemakers are re-vitalising ancient varieties and regions breathing new life and vigour into the industry.
They are the turning the old ideas of the past on their head and celebrating a rich and forgotten vinous history.
Every quarter we will be putting out a seasonal drinking pack which will be updated as we see great new wines, vintages rolls and the latest and greatest to hit our shores. At 15%-20% off or more, this a great way to explore Spain offering exceptional value and delicious drinking.
Don't forget to check back often to see the latest version of the Spanish Drinking Dozen$260.00 Regular Price $321.00
September Mixed Dozen 2021 - Spanish Fiesta$250.00 Regular Price $308.00
Sierra de Tolon Tempranillo 2018Sierra de Tolono is a member of an exciting but small cadre of new Rioja producers who are driving towards fresher, more terroir focused wines that place their emphasis on the vineyards rather than on the length of time any particular wine spends in a barrel. Run and owned by the indomitable Sandra Bravo, Sierra de Tolono produces incredibly elegant wines from old plots dotted around the cold, high altitude lands around the town of Rivas de Tereso, in Rioja Alavesa.
This is her entry level wine and his deliberately made in a forward and fleshy style but still has so much character. Red and black fruits play with soft spice and earthy peppercorn lift. On the palate there's a gently dusty tannin framing that sit over a mineral core giving the fruit a cool and slinky feel.
Campo Flores Tinto 2019The grapes sourced for the Campo Flores wines come from sun drenched, organically farmed vineyards in the centre of Spain. Each wine is handmade and reflects the personality of the land and terroir. Warning! This wine is immensely drinkable and we bet you will be hitting us up for more. It not the first time we have put it in a pack or floor stacked it in the store because it's just bloody delicious!
Supple ripe strawberry and blackcurrant fruit leaps out of the glass with swirl of earthy licorice that gently lurks. Spiced cola and black pepper poke their heads in and the little dash of syrah just adds another dimension to the wine. Some fine tannins run through the supple fruit and this is altogether more serious then either the label or the price point would allude too.
2018tempranilloSpain472$18.00 As low as $16.20
Telmo Rodriguez Lanzaga 2010The 2010 Altos de Lanzaga is sourced from four different vineyards that they feel show the character of Lanciego, their idea of a grand cru. Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano from head-pruned, 70-year-old vines worked following biodynamic principles that ferment naturally – no external yeasts are added to any of their wines – in 3,000-kilo oak vats for 20 days and aged for 18 months in 1,500-liter oak foudres and 225-liter barriques. The wine ages very slowly, in a very cold cellar, so it might take a year to carry out malolactic (the temperature in the cave is 12-14º C all year around). It’s a deep, austere, mineral-driven wine with a complex nose with subtle aromas of soil, fresh red and black fruit notes and a whiff of spices in very good balance. In the palate it is very tight, fine, long with silky tannins, somehow closed. Fruit, fermentation and wood seem to play a secondary role in the wine that speaks mainly of the place. This might not be a wine for everybody, but I think it’s super! LUIS GUTIERREZ2010tempranilloSpain472$77.00 As low as $69.30
Artuke Finca de los Locos Rioja 2018The first of the single-vineyards is the Finca de Los Locos, from a plot planted in 1981 in a terrace of Baños de Ebro at 120 meters above the level of the river, on gravel and sandy soils rich in limestone. It's mostly Tempranillo with 20% Graciano and a 2% pinch of white Viura fermented uncrushed with indigenous yeasts and matured in 500- and 600-liter barrels and two 3,500-liter oak foudre for 12 months. This wine has evolved tremendously since they moved away from the 225-liter barrels; and the priority now is to use large vats, and the remaining wine goes to large barrels. LUIS GUTIERREZ
If you are only to buy one wine from this offer this is the one to get - this has great intensity and depth - yet retains the bright freshness of the great 2018 vintage. This is a wine that I think really needs a few year to show all that it can but be warned it is sooo good now you will be hard pressed to keep it. ALEX WILCOX
2018Grenache, tempranilloSpain472$60.00 As low as $54.00
Bodegas de Forlong Bubuja Ancestral 2018Marco de Jerez region, vinos de la Tierra de Cádiz
Alejandro (Alex) Narváez and Rocío Áspera are native Jerezanos and first-wave Marco de Jerez revolutionaries, reviving terroir and a variety of historical wine styles. It's a young project, conceived of in 2009 and producing its first bottles from the 2012 (first Tinto) and 2013 (first Blanco) harvests. It has a long gestation though: they have been a couple since they were in high school! In 2011, Rocío graduated as a Master of Warm Climate Winemaking from Cádiz University. Alejandro is half-French, and previously worked as a winemaker at Smith-Haut-Lafitte.
This is hand-picked organic Palomino grown in Pago Balbaina Alta, then given the Ancestral bubbling treatment. Not being a style supported by the DO currently, as with the other Forlong wines, it's labed Vino de Tierra de Cadiz.
Fermentation is the same for vinosity and for adding bubbles: the wine is bottled before the alcoholic fermentation has converted all of the sugar. This starts in tank and finishes in bottle. 8 months' later is a hand disgorgement and the bottles are refilled with the same wine. 12% abv. THe SPANISH ACQUISITION
2018PalominoSpain472$110.00 As low as $99.00
Artuke La Condenada Rioja 2018Their most special wine could be the 2018 La Condenada. It's from a single vineyard in the village of Baños de Ebro at 530 meters in altitude on sandy and sandstone soils. The 80% Tempranillo and 20% other varieties (Graciano, Garnacha and the white Palomino Fino) of uncrushed grapes fermented with indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured in 600-liter oak barrels for 12 months. This is always more floral and aromatic, possibly because of the finer, sandy soils. It's super elegant, subtle, aromatic and really attractive. It opens up very slowly in the glass, unfurling new aromatic layers with great poise and harmony. It's juicy and very precise, clean, defined like a laser cut, with symmetry and harmony. This has to be the finest vintage they have produced, and I think it's the best wine they have ever done. LUIS GUTIERREZ2018Grenache, tempranilloSpain472
Valdemoreda Tempranillo 2018The Valdemoreda wines are produced by the team at leading family Rioja producer Bodegas Valdemar. They are fresh and modern in style, yet with an undeniable Spanish character, and demonstrate the exceptional value to be found in Spain. This pure Tempranillo red wine spends five months in oak and delivers complex, ripe fruit aromas well integrated with subtle spicy hints of vanilla and caramel. The palate is rounded, well balanced and with a full, long aftertaste. WINEMERCHANTS2018tempranilloSpain472$14.00 As low as $12.60
August Mixed Dozen 2021 - Going for Gold
With the eye of the world turned to Tokyo for the Olympic Games we are looking forward to watching old rivalries of sport battle it out in the arena. While the traditional powerhouses tend dominate the top spots, Australia always holds its own performing admirably. And so it is in the world of wine. With Italy, Spain and France vying to reign supreme, Australia has burst on to the scene over the last 25 years with its no-nonsense, easy going wines challenging the market and taking on the powers that be.
So, with that in mind not only is this months dozen a great pack of awesome drinking wine, you get to decide who did it best! That's right. This pack has 6 wines from Australia and 6 from France, Spain and Italy. We have picked classic varietals from each country and matched them with their Australian counterparts.
Australia's wine industry has been built on classic French varietals and we have taken those and made them our own putting our own stamp on them while always striving to push the boundaries of style and quality. We have also eagerly and happily adopted a number of varietals from Spain and Italy and made them our own. The likes of tempranillo and sangiovese have thrived in their adopted home and with a changing climate they have slotted beautifully and easily in to the Aussie wine vernacular. Other varietals like Nero d'Avola are growing in popularity while the likes of gamay see planting increase every year.
So whatever or wherever you like to drink from, this is going to be a little bit of research we think you will be happy to do.
To start we are going to look at Chardonnay and what a treat this will be. It's a head-to-head between Burgundy and Victoria with a brand new wine from Nicola Potel versus one of our favourite chardonnay's by Matt Harrop (Curly Flat). Both are generous and soft with lovely crunch and pure fruits offering incredible value.
Gamay is growing in popularity here in Australis with plenty new plantings gong into the ground. We have two crackers with the Aviron Villages sourced from some of Beaujolais most famous towns versus one of favourite Aussie version from Rising in the Yarra Valley. The rising is pure and fresh while the Avrion offers up a little more savoury cut. These are both made by young-guns in their respective homes so will be a worthy challenge!
Back to the classic varietal blend of grenache, shiraz and mouvedre and two recent releases in the market. The Pierre Amadieu makes fantastic wine from both the Rhones north and south with his Roulepierre offering up some of the easiest drinking you will find around. Dandelion vineyards out of the Barossa seems to do no wrong these days. Their latest release is soft, plush and forward with plenty of spice and juicy kick.
No doubt Tempranillo is here to stay. The Jericho team are producing some of the coolest and most delicious wine out of the Mclaren Vale and Adelaide Hills. They are modern and pure wines, wonderfully made. From Spain we have a real treat with a project headed up by Scott Wasley sourcing fruit from Bodegas la Eralta, based in the south-eastern village of Agoncillo. This is a special wine with Scott at the head. It represents the best of the old and the new from Spain and is delicious to boot!
Another varietal we have adopted happily and made our own. This can run the gambit from easy and light to serious and rich both here in Aus as well as its home in Italy. For this months pack we have to fresh, bright and crunchy versions that are the perfect pizza/pasta wines. Mel Chester at Sutton Grange has nailed this latest version and we are not surprised, the lady is terrific winemaker. The Fontaleoni hits all the right notes too and is airy and bright Chianti from the higher hills of Tuscany.
Nero seems to be a variety that we have latched onto and you can see why. It always offer lovely dark polished fruit, sweet spice and a subtle earthiness that is quintessentially Italian. The Ricca Terra is a great example of the varietal that brings all the fruit to the fore without being overly simple or juby while the Vinuva comes along with a little extra earthy richness and sunkissed fruit from it's warm home in southern Italy.$255.00 Regular Price $325.00
Artuke Pies Negros Tempranillo Rioja 2018
Artuke only use grapes from their vineyards in and around the small town of Baños de Ebro, tucked under the Sierra Cantabria on the northern edges of Rioja.
Produced with grapes from vineyards in the village of Ábalos close to the Sierra Cantabria, the 2017 Pies Negros is mostly Tempranillo with some 12% Graciano. The destemmed but uncrushed grapes fermented with indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured in 500-liter oak barrels for one year, except for almost 25% of the volume, which was kept in concrete. LUIS GUTIERREZ
The Artuke aim is simple: to make vibrant wines expressive of the village, uncluttered by oak, extraction or other artifice. The brothers farm organically and their elevated, cool climate vineyards produce wonderfully bright versions of Rioja. This 2018 version of the Pies Negro the best yet - great purity and a delightful freshness - there is plenty of ripe delicious Tempranillo but it is held in a vibrant tannic frame and will be a great food wine for the next 2-5 years. ALEX WILCOX2018Grenache, tempranilloSpain472
Anduma Dolcetto 2018An ex-PWS employee turned wine importer labels and ships this juicy red from a family owned operation in the hills of Roero outside Asti. The fruit is cultivated on sandy clay soil at an altitude of 300m without the use of herbicides or chemical fertilisers. Stainless steel fermentation and short ageing is employed to keep this fruit forward and fresh. Cherry and tart plum aromas are mirrored on the palate in a juicy density that is accompanied by a useful brush of tannin. Super food friendly, Dolcetto is often the ultimate lunch wine! This is delicious stuff! PWS2018DolcettoSpain472
December Mixed Dozen 2021 - Christmas DrinkingIt hard to believe it's that time of year again! It really is crazy how time flies ! It seems to roll around faster each year and this year seemed to from zero to hero in about 5 mins. That's why you can sit back and relax knowing that your wine selection for Christmas is done and dusted with another fantastic selection of wine to cover all your bases.
Everyone celebrates differently and we have made sure that there is something to cover every occasions. There is sparkling to celebrate some much-needed time off, pinot for all your picky wine mates, rose for some hot days to come as well as a magnum of Cote du Rhone to crack when everybody is sitting around the BBQ on Christmas day. We even have Prince Wine Store exclusive sticky that is the perfect match with the winning trifle.
There is so much good drinking in this pack you may want to buy two!
$255.00 Regular Price $322.00
La Maldición Vinos de Madrid Tinto de Valdilecha 2019Marc Isart is one of the most thoughtful, knowledgeable and humble growers. Isart is best known for his work at the outstanding Bernabeleva in the Gredos hills above Madrid, and his lo-fi, organic approach carries over to this tiny solo project: La Maldición. His small parcel of vines is located in the Arganda del Rey area (also within the Viños de Madrid DO).
Now labelled Tinto de Valdilecha (the wine was previously called Tinto Para Beber 'a red to drink'), it's a blend of 75% mature-vine Tempranillo (from Valdilecha at 780 metres) with the local white grape Malvar (from Belmonte at a similar altitude) making up the balance. The vines are all biodynamically reared and the grapes hand-harvested. Both varieties are co-fermented with natural yeasts, then the wine spends 20-25 days on skins and is aged in cement and stainless steel tanks.
The La Maldición--'the curse'--refers to the daily grind that this region's historical workers faced getting to (and making a living off) the remote, high-altitude, rocky vineyards east of Madrid. There is nothing jinxed about this wine however, which offers bags of the classic cherry/cola fruit of Tempranillo, as well as inky complexity, powdery tannins and refreshing acidity. A delicious, high-grown, yet generous country red and an absolute bargain as always. PWS
Real Agrado Rioja Tinto 2019
Real Agrado was started by agricultural engineer Juan Manuel Domínguez in 1974. Since 2006, Julian Ayuga has run the show. As a former consultant, winemaker, and member of the DOC Rioja Appellation tasting committee, Julian is highly regarded, and he has mentored many young and uprising wine folk in Rioja today. At 72 years of age, he proudly claims that nobody alive has opened more bottles of Rioja than him!
The wine comes from vineyards in the two south-eastern pueblos of Aldeanuevo and Alfaro. These lands have a distinct Mediterranean influence, and nestle in the foothills of scenic Monte Yerga. The wines are labelled Viñedos en Propiedad: 100 hectares of family-owned vineyards is divided into four vineyard areas.
80% Garnacha and 20% Tempranillo from La Lobera and Canterabuey, planted in 1992 and 1975 respectively, fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. The Garnacha is destemmed and the Tempranillo is fermented using carbonic maceration. Unoaked.
14% abv. Total acidity 5.6. Cork closure.
We love these Garnacha base Rioja's. This is wild and free on the nose with glittering red fruit with rugged mountain herbs that fleck the nose. Again with a ganrly edge to this that criss-crosses with sprightly red fruits and more broody blackberry and small dark fruits. Mid-weight in style with a pleasent, fine grained tannins that cut the fruit lightly on the finish. PWS2019tempranilloSpain472$28.00 As low as $25.20
Camino Real Tempranillo 2018The vineyards of Camino Real are located in the heart of La Rioja, surrounded by mountain Sierra de Cantabria and river Ebro on the south. This area has an ancient tradition of winemaking and perfect conditions for Tempranillo. Camino Real combines an extraordinary quality, true character of the region and love for wine. The operation is large but the focus is on quality.
This is 100% Tempranillo from a selection of old vineyards, between 50 and 70 years old, located in San Vicente de la Sonsierra. All the grape are manual harvested with fermentation is steel tank for freshness and just 4 months in new barrels for a lick of oak.
Violet colour with a hint of ruby. Compelling nose of fresh blackcurrants, plums and other dark forest fruits. There is also a gentle herbal and oak notes. Elegant and fruity wine, with wild forest fruits, with raspberries and black cherries to the fore. Tannins are soft supple nicely balanced with acidity that offsets the sweet fruits. PWS2018tempranilloSpain472$22.00 As low as $19.80
Valenciso Rosado 20152014Grenache, tempranilloSpain472$42.00 As low as $37.80
Sierra de Tolono Blanco 20172017Spain472
Sierra de Tolono Blanco 20182019Spain472
Clarito Clarete 20202020tempranilloSpain472Special Price $34.00 Regular Price $40.00
Alegre Valganon Rioja 20192019tempranilloSpain472$54.00 As low as $48.60
Hacienda Lopez de Haro Rioja 20182018tempranilloSpain472$20.00 As low as $18.00
Palacios Remondo La Montesa 2017 375ml2016tempranilloSpain472
Remelluri Estate Rioja Reserva 2014 375ml2014tempranilloSpain472$57.00 As low as $51.30
Sinodo Vitcultors los Tollos 20162016tempranilloSpain472
Conde de Valdemar Rosado 20192019tempranilloSpain472$19.00 As low as $17.10
Telmo Rodriguez LZ Tempranillo 20192019tempranilloSpain472
Alegre Valganon La Calleja Rioja 20182018tempranilloSpain472$87.00 As low as $78.30
Bodegas Arraez Canalla Tempranillo Monastrell 20192019tempranilloSpain472
Conde Valdemar Rioja Gran Reserva 20052005tempranilloSpain472
Alegre Valganon 3er ano Blanco 20152015Spain472$81.00 As low as $72.90
Mas Que Vinos Joven Tempranillo 2014 375ml2014tempranilloSpain472$19.00 As low as $17.10
Exopto Rioja Bozeto de Exopto 20192019Grenache, tempranilloSpain472$32.00 As low as $28.80
Exopto Rioja Horizonte de Exopto 20182018Grenache, tempranilloSpain472$45.00 As low as $40.50
De Bardos 'Mitica' Ribera Del Duero 20132013tempranilloSpain472$77.00 As low as $69.30
Castillo de Cuzcurrita Senorio de Cuzcurrita Reserva 20182018tempranilloSpain472$89.00 As low as $80.10
Clarito Clarete 2020 Half-Dozen2016tempranilloSpain472$240.00
Puzano Hado 2015Based in Laguardia, in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa and at the feet of the Sierra de Cantabria this is the only one of the Pujanza wines which is made from grapes from several different vineyards, split into 23 plots. This allows us to vary the final coupage every year depending on the particular features of the vintage. Initial fermentation in steel tank where it then spends 12 months in 225 L French-oak casks.
On the nose, it is young and full of life, with the characteristic red-berry fruit aromas of the local Tempranillo to the fore, with floral and very subtle light toasted notes coming through. On the palate Hado has a powerful, expressive attack and good acidity to keep it fresh and easy to drink, with lovely, polished tannins. The extra time in bottle has rounded and softened this our wonderfully and it is ready to go!
2015tempranilloSpain472$30.00 As low as $27.00
Telmo Rodriguez Estrada Tempranillo 2015
In 2014 Telmo and Pablo finally felt the time was right to release two individual parcels as special Fincas of Lantziego. Estrada and Velado are two of the highest vineyard sites in all of Rioja, at 600+ metres altitude on the 'Atalaya' or high plateau above the village of Lantziego. Estrada and Velado face each other from a kilometre or two apart, over a small valley between their respective hilltops. They are diametrically opposite neighbours in every sense. Estrada is a cool east-facing, Atlantic-Tempranillo site, while the much more Mediterranean Velado faces west and is based on Garnacha.
La Estrada is wild cherry-and-thyme-scented with fine minerality and licorice (wild fennel). A wine of the utmost mountain purity, it has a lovely delta-round palate with a soft tannin rim giving gentle closure.
El Velado is darker, with fuller tannin, spicy and redolent of heartwood. The palate is more vertical with lovely seed ripeness and a spacious perfumey end ... like wandering in the air. SCOTT WASLEY2015tempranilloSpain472$230.00 As low as $207.00