El Coto, Rioja Blanco
El Coto was founded in 1970 in Rioja Alavesa and has grown from modest beginnings into one of the best known Rioja producers. The Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc grapes were sourced from the high-altitude vineyards in Rioja Oriental, vineyards are over 750 metres above sea level. The Viura grapes were mainly sourced from Rioja Alta, from limestone and clay soils. This is a zingy, lively wine, pale yellow in colour, the wine is dry and fresh on the palate with aromas of peaches, apples, citrus and tropical fruits. The finish is fresh and fruity with hints of melon.
A wine so evocative of Summer they named it for the word for ‘sunset’ in the local Galician dialect! Once relatively unknown, Rías Baixas is making waves in the wine world and is now recognised as an area that produces some of the world's foremost white wines. It has classic notes of ripe stone fruit, pear with a floral note and an incisive whip of mineral freshness to balance.
Bodegas y Vinedos, Monfil Garnacha
Bodegas Monfil's vineyards cover an area of approximately 22 hectares, where the primary grape varieties are Garnacha and Tempranillo, grown in pristine conditions. The average age of the vines are around 35 years old. The family owned winery is located in the northeast of Spain, Capital of Aragon region and Zaragoza province, on the Ebro river. A melange of cherry, blueberries and a touch of pepper. Nice and smooth, supple tannins with an excellent finish.
Bodegas Muriel, Vina Eguia, Tempranillo
This one needs no introduction to most of our customers! Consistently in our best-sellers month-after-month. The Vina Eguia winery and vineyards were established in 1973 in Elciego and purchased by Bodegas Muriel in 2010. Elciego is a historic village in the Rioja Alavesa, which borders the Spanish “Basque” region, and the language spoken there often includes Basque words, such as “Eguia” which means “truth”. On the nose it shows intense red fruit aromas combined with subtle notes from the ageing including vanilla, coconut, balsamic notes and licorice. The palate is fresh, full and vibrant with a very pleasant, lingering finish.
Bodegas Nodus, Chaval Bobal, ‘Ecologia’
Adolfo De Las Heras Marín, acquired one of the most ecologically important wine making estates in Valencia in 1985. The El Renegado estate was 540 hectares of forest and vineyards, of which 80% was planted with 40-year-old Bobal vines. Old vines are a gift to a winemaker. They produce less vigorous than younger vines and thus the grapes that they do produce contain a concentrated aroma and flavour that is dissipated in younger vines. It’s these old plantings that make Bobal so exciting and such great value for money. Dark and fleshy, with blackberry, loganberry and plum fruits. Delicious weight and intensity of fruit, with an earthy under-note, plenty of character that keeps this wine evolving through to the end of the bottle.
Martin Berdugo, Ribera del Duero, San Jamon
This barren plateau between Valladolid and Aranda, self-styled roast lamb capital of the world, is currently producing some of Spain's most admired red wines, to the continuing amazement of the peasant farmers who have lived on the banks of the Duero river for generations. Downstream and over the Portuguese border, their counterparts farm port grapes in what is known as the Douro Valley. But whereas port has been famous for three centuries, the wines of Ribera del Duero are a relatively recent phenomenon.
This Crianza shows bright intense cherry red with glints of purple and violet nuances. Clean and bright expressing its young soul. Intense aroma of abundant black fruit. Hints of floral and fresh fruit aromas. It is full-bodied and well-structured with wild fruit flavours and displays good balance with acid and sweet tannins.
£68.94 Regular Price