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September Mixed Dozen 2021 - Spanish Fiesta

September Mixed Dozen 2021 - Spanish Fiesta - Prince Wine Store

September Mixed Dozen 2021 – Spanish Fiesta

September Mixed Dozen 2021 - Spanish Fiesta We have become familiar with wines from Rioja and varieties like albarino and garnacha which are now firmly planted in our wine drinking vernacular. But Spain also offers up varieties like bobal and wines like Txakoli making it an even more exciting prospect.

It’s no doubt we are spoilt for choice these days with the wine coming out of Spain. Not only from a plethora of well-established and internationally recognised producers but thankfully a number of smaller growers, young winemakers, and producers that are changing the landscape of both Spanish wines.

We have become familiar with wines from Rioja and varieties like albarino and garnacha which are now firmly planted in our wine drinking vernacular. But Spain also offers up varieties like bobal and wines like Txakoli making it an even more exciting prospect.

Some winemakers are bucking trends while others are re-invigorating and re-vitalising old traditions and ways of thinking.

This year's pack is a selection of classic wines from classic regions with a few curve balls thrown in to keep things interesting.


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  1. Cantarrana Verdejo 2020
    Cantarrana Verdejo 2020

    The Agrícola Castellana Cooperative, situated in the heart of the Rueda D.O., was set up in La Seca (Valladolid) by small number of dedicated vine growers wishing to add value to their products.

    Today, it consists of some 400 members who cultivate 2000 hectares of vineyards with modern equipment for the production of 7 millions of litres of wine per harvest and facilities for manufacturing one million of these in oak.

    The Bodega has up to date machinery for the reception of the grapes, pneumatic presses and temperature controlled, stainless steel vessels for fermentation, all of wich have contributed enormously to improve the quality of the wines.

    Another spot on release brimming with summer fruit salad, with a lovely peachy lift. It's juicy and fleshy with just a little snap on the palate to keep it fresh. Drink don't think! PWS

  2. Marsilea Premier Bobal 2018
    Marsilea Premier Bobal 2018
    A family-owned winery and cellar; 60 hectares of vineyards around the small village of Sinarcas, on an 800-metre high plateau inland from Valencia and close to the border with Castilla-La Mancha, surrounded by a pine forest. Sebastian Mancebo makes terrific organic wines mostly from native Bobal, alongside alternatives like Gewürztraminer.

    Vines are typically more than 40 years old and planted at altitudes of 900 meters. The grapes are hand-sorted before the fermentation and the partially crushed grapes are then subjected to low temperature for the extraction of primary, fruit aromas. The fermentation is done at low temperatures (18ºC) in temperature with no oak.

    A brilliant cherry-red colour, of medium intensity and purplish highlights. It has a bouquet of wild flowers and a salty minerality, typical of the regions' soils. Forceful yet velvety on the palate. Fruity with notes of blackberries, it hides a slight bitterness that balances the fruit, with a persistent and long finish. PWS
  3. Lopez de Haro Rioja Crianza 2018
    Lopez de Haro Rioja Crianza 2018
    An ethos that blends attention to detail with the high quality old vineyards to create authentic contemporary classics. Based in the historic town of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, in  the heart of DOCa Rioja surrounded to the north by the Sierra Cantabria and to the south by the Ebro  river. The microclimate of the area and its clay-calcareous soils generate the perfect conditions for the vineyard, especially for Tempranillo.

    A blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano from a selection of vineyards with low yielding fruit settled on poor soils of Ebro's terraces in the area of the Sonsierra. Manual harvest and spontaneous fermentation with natural yeasts and small amounts of sulfur are added. Aging: 18 months in French, Eastern European and American oak barrels. 10% of new barrels and 90% of used barrels from 2 to 6 uses.

    A heady mix of aromas cocoa and vanilla that envelopes smashed black ripe fruits. Lots of tempranillo liquorice aromas with a spicy lift that leads into an elegant flavour profile matched with juicy black fruit backed by typical tempranillo structure. It finished soft and velvety with a black cherry and delicate cola lift.
  4. Lacrima Baccus Brut Nature Riserva Cava
    Lacrima Baccus Brut Nature Riserva Cava
    The traditional sparkling varieties are harvested and vinified separately working with chilled fruit to maintain freshness, soft pressing, and strict musts selection. Once the fermentation is finished, the final blend is decided on with second fermentation in bottle at low temperature to encourage gentle fermentation and aging until getting the optimum point of balance between freshness and creaminess. 

    Bright pale yellow, perfect integration of the fine bubbles with a soft and delicate texture.Fine and elegant, a fresh cava with toasted notes like coffee with touches of vanilla and honeysuckle. Fruity, rich in aromas such as peach, grapefruit and white flowers (jasmine and elder-flower). Fresh, fruity, creamy and, at the same time, light but with body due to the contact with the lees. Fine texture and very pleasant with notes of almonds and nuts
    Sparkling Wine
  5. Lopez de Haro Rioja Blanco 2019
    Lopez de Haro Rioja Blanco 2019
    An ethos that blends attention to detail with the high quality old vineyards to create authentic contemporary classics. Based in the historic town of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, in  the heart of DOCa Rioja surrounded to the north by the Sierra Cantabria and to the south by the Ebro  river. The microclimate of the area and its clay-calcareous soils generate the perfect conditions for the vineyards.

    This is 100% viura from from old vines planted in poor soils on a hillside near San Vicente de la Sonsierra. Selection in the vineyard with a controlled maceration with its skins for about 4 or six hours for a little phenolic grip. Fermented in French oak barrels for three months.

    This is lovely and fresh with a hint of honey toasted oak that sits nicely with the bright clean fruit. So many of the traditional Rioja blanco are overly oaked and lacking freshness so this was a very pleasant surprise when we tasted it. Lots of lovely peachy, pear and apple fruit played of pretty oak flavours in a medium bodied style that is very charming.
  6. Puzano Hado 2015
    Puzano Hado 2015
    Based 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!
  7. Cepa X Cepa Garnacha 2018
    Cepa X Cepa Garnacha 2018
    This is a real treasure in the Nekeas Valley. Dwarf oak trees in the upper regions of the valley concealed small areas of Garnacha vineyards over 60 years old. The age of the vines are a result of years and years of selection based on the experience of wine growers who knew nothing about DNA, but knew what type of grape that ripened well in this extreme climate of the region, sometimes very harsh, so they decided to do the same thing that they had done before. They selected the vines that faired best of the years - "Cepa por Cepa" literally means "Vine by vine" and this is they worked.

    They have essentially rescued an invaluable genetic gem that could otherwise have been lost forever and the result is a succulent and vibrant wine. We are thoroughly impressed!

    A rich, juicy red with dried-strawberry, cherry and spice aromas and flavors. It’s full-bodied with soft tannins and a savory finish. A beautiful garnacha. Drink now. Screw cap JAMES SUCKLING
  8. Parajes del Valle Jumilla Monastrell 2018
    Parajes del Valle Jumilla Monastrell 2018
    Maria Jover, a 28 year old winemaker heads up the thoroughly modern operations at Parajes del Valle. The organic Monastrell grapes come from very old vines (20-40 years old), organic, maintained from the old system of "Terraje".

    The system entails a renting of the vineyards to the local farmers who take care of the quality of the vines and are given back a 7% of the production to the land owner. Most of the 80-90 year old vines in Jumilla are maintained that way, but changing views has seen many turn back to a focus on productive irrigated vineyard's rather than quality fruit.

    The goal of the cellar is to maintain the old vines of the "Terraje" system by paying the grapes a higher price, and therefore maintaining the higher quality those old vines yield.

    A noble cause and one that is paying dividends. We have encountered several wineries with similar systems or focus on lower yields and quality fruit and the resultant wines show a much more lifted and vibrant style of Monastrell that we really love. The same is absolutely true here. Still that mulberry and pencil lead but with a halo of vibrant red fruit and lifted aromatics. There is a snap of tannin and crunch of acidity that keeps everything on point. Good stuff! PWS
  9. Paco and Lola Ophalum Albarino 2019
    Paco and Lola Ophalum Albarino 2019
    Paco and Lola is an iconic 'co-operativo' in the Rías Baixas producing Albariño, the best seafood white in Spain. Based in the Salnés Valley sub-region of the Rías Baixas, the label represents over 400 small growers, each with an average vineyard holding of just over half a hectare.

    Paco and Lola's entry-level white, Ophalum Albariño, comes from parcels of grapes selected for their greater ripeness, resulting in a fruit-driven white: ripe mango and papaya characters on the nose, with a citrus tang on the palate.
  10. Gorrondona Txakoli 2019
    Gorrondona Txakoli 2019

    Doniene Gorrondona are one of a bunch of young Basque wineries who are elevating the classic, lean, dry, Txakoli style from the tourist fodder poured from great height in tiny bars along the lanes of San Sebastian into serious wine. Concentrating on organic farming, being careful with clonal and site selection and forgoing commercial yeasts. Although thankfully this doesn't prevent their wines from being seriously good in when consumed alongside huge helping of Pinxhos in rowdy atmospheres. 

    Gorrondona Txakoli is made from the traditional Basque varietals Hondurabi Zuri (85%) with little bits of Iskirita Zuri Hadia (15%). It’s handpicked and fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel, kept on lees for six months before being racked, then put through a single course filter and bottled.

    Gorrondona shows cut grass, fresh lime leaf and white floral aromatics, almost reminiscent of dry Clare Valley Riesling. The palate is lean and tight, driven by a citric acid that makes it an ideal match for the salt-laden dishes of the Basque Country.

    White Blend
  11. Sierra de Tolon Tempranillo 2018
    Sierra de Tolon Tempranillo 2018
    Sierra 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.
    Grenache, tempranillo
  12. Valdespino Deliciosa Manzanilla 375ml
    Valdespino Deliciosa Manzanilla 375ml

    Although the official name of this winery created in 1852 in Sanlucar de Barrameda is Hijos de Rainera Perez Marin, it’s better known by the name of the only wine they make, Manzanilla La Guita. Moreover, the company has changed hands a number of times and since 2007 belongs to Grupo Estevez who also own Valdespino and Marques del Real Tesoro, but the names remain. La Guita, and its characteristic bottle with a piece of string attached (guita has two different meanings, it’s slang for cash, but it also means string, which in fact is the root for the word guitar) is a very strong brand locally and it’s been in existence since 1908.

    La Guita is a truly wine from Sanlucar: not only is the wine aged for an average of four years under flor in an impressive 15,000-barrel solera spread over two different cellars in Sanlucar, but the grapes are also from Sanlucar, mainly from the Miraflores vineyard.
    LUIS GUTIERREZ, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (August 2013)

    Unique aromas of dried apples, lemon blossom, almonds and cream. Hints of seaweed. Full-bodied, yet focused and tight with lively acidity and a beautifully composed finish of fruit and flavor. Always a winner here. Screw cap. JAMESSUCKLING.COM

    This round white has texture and grip, with rich and focused flavors of apple, almond, green olive and brine. Offers plenty of fruit, but remains grounded thanks to the briny character. Expressive and balanced. Drink now. 5,000 cases made. THOMAS MATHEWS, The Wine Spectator


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September Mixed Dozen 2021 – Spanish Fiesta REG. PRICE SPECIAL ORDER TOTAL
Cantarrana Verdejo 2020 $20.00 $20.00
Marsilea Premier Bobal 2018 $24.00 $24.00
Lopez de Haro Rioja Crianza 2018 $27.00 $27.00
Lacrima Baccus Brut Nature Riserva Cava $28.00 $28.00
Lopez de Haro Rioja Blanco 2019 $24.00 $24.00
Puzano Hado 2015 $30.00 $30.00
Cepa X Cepa Garnacha 2018 $30.00 $30.00
Parajes del Valle Jumilla Monastrell 2018 $27.00 $27.00
Paco and Lola Ophalum Albarino 2019 $27.00 $27.00
Gorrondona Txakoli 2019 $26.00 $26.00
Sierra de Tolon Tempranillo 2018 $33.00 $33.00
Valdespino Deliciosa Manzanilla 375ml $12.00 $12.00
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