Sense of Spain (Tier 1&2) 6 btls: 4x DECANTER AWARD WINNERS

6 Spanish Sensations (Tier 1 & 2)

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spain-flagWe have 62 different Spanish wines in our long list.Spanish wines regions Nov 2013 That’s only the tip of the iceberg. Spain’s history with the grape is long and diverse. It has the largest acreage in Europe under the vine.

The great thing about Spanish wine laws is that the bottles are not released until they are properly aged. So we get to buy wine that the wineries aged for us in perfect conditions.

Here, a mix of Spanish styles, modern and old. This is a great introduction to the Spanish love affair born of varying the elements of fruit, acid & oak so brilliantly captured in a windswept, sun-baked land of parched skies, altitude and sunshine: tiers 1 & 2.barrels and barrels

Rich with a trio of Torres household names.

This Mixed Case can form the perfect foundation for a wider, deeper, more esoteric Spanish collection.

Please click on the wines listed below to extend/retract descriptions.

1x Torres Vina Sol Penedes Bronze MEDAL 2013 & 2014

These wines are made with traditional varieties drawn from Catalan viticulture with grapes well adapted to the local soils and climate. Parellada is a lovely grape, somewhere between the stonefruit of Chardonnay and the crispness of Sauvignon Blanc.

Lovely bright yellow with light green reflections. Fresh aroma with elegant notes of fruit. Fine acid structure giving a smooth, well-balanced palate. Notable, pleasing fruit backdrop (green apple, pineapple) enhanced by hints of spice (fennel). Food Matching: Ideal as aperitif, or with rice dishes, fish and seafood. Serve slightly chilled (around 10ºC).

Reviews and Scores: Vintage 2010, 86/100 , Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

1x Castillo di Manza La Manza Tempranillo La Mancha

This is a dark purple red with an attractive violet tone. There’s a clean aroma of ripe fruits; strawberry and raspberry and some pervading herbal notes. On the palate it is smooth and full bodied with soft tannins. There’s a good weight and it’s hearty disposition means this wine thrives alongside some hearty food, like roast meats and chilli and pizza.

Castillo de Manza falls firmly under the ‘glugger’ moniker with such a price, but wait, there is something unusual about this wine. For me, it resembles a French wine; not a Spanish. I could swear there are Cabernets Sauvignon or Franc in this blend evidenced by the herbaceous aromas and weight. It seems so French. But it is 100% Tempranillo, the grape of Rioja, Ribero Del duero and Valdepeñas.

1x Camino De Castilla Ribera Del Duero Tempranillo Crianza Ribera Del Duero

Intense blackberry colour. Spicy and intense nose, with liquorice and black pepper hints on a base of well ripened fruits (blackberry and cherry). On the palate, very fruity at first with ripened tannins, also persistent and full bodied.

Ribera Del Duero is a unique place in Europe. It has some of the most expensive wines in the World and relatively few know it exists or where it is.

A region known for very expensive wines has thrown up an absolute gem at a real bargain: a glimpse into the majesty that is the region. Out of the reach of many mortals, Vega Sicilia which we sell for over 3000RMB a bottle is grown within a day’s walk of our Camino De Castilla. Think Rioja with a similar fruit intensity, just a tad less oak and a little cheaper than our Pomal (nee Paceta) Rioja crianza.

The wine would be in it’s best light if served with something hot and well flavoured like grilled lamb cutlets with mint and thyme. A wonderful find for us. Exceptional value.

Try a new region largely accessible only to the knowledgeable (or for a number of wines, the very wealthy).

1x Torres Ibericos Rioja Crianza Tempranillo Rioja Silver MEDAL Winner 2014

To outsiders, Rioja would be the most well-known Spanish region. It is where my love affair with Spanish wines began. Here is a Rioja crianza (medium length oak-aged). I guess it’s because not enough folks have access to nice wines at decent prices that we always try to sell this wine well below the market price, around 15 to 20% discounted. Go figure. We also sell this in half bottle and magnums. Just ask.

A youthful crimson red. The aromas of forest fruits and spices. Lovely expression of fruit on the palate with hint of peppery spice. Well-structured with round tannins and elegant finish. Food Matching: Accompanies roasted meats, stews, Iberian charcuterie, and cured cheeses.

This is what German website had to say:

“In the glass a bright cherry red. In the nose an intense, opulent bouquet with aromas of sweet ripe dark berries and cherries next to warm spicy hints of cocoa and nutmeg, which result from the maturation in oak barrels. On the palate, extremely seductive with noticeable but soft tannins, and a fine spice in the lingering long final. Perfect with grilled or roasted meat, tangy and spicy stews, Iberian ham or sausage and smoked cheese.”

Here’s what I say: If you can, give it plenty of air time. The more it breathes, the greater it becomes. I try to open it a day before I need it. I never manage to leave it alone on the first day though…still learning to listen to myself.

1x Torres Vina Esmeralda Catalunya Bronze MEDAL 2013

Straw colour, with a brilliant iridescent sheen. The very rich aroma, has floral (rose and jasmine) and fruity (passion fruit and banana) highlights over a fine base of spices (lavender and vanilla). There’s a fresh palate with smooth acidity. The floral and fruity notes are complemented by nuances of thyme, bay leaf and green apple. Food Matching: Best wine matching with Asian cuisine, either with shellfish or spicy dishes.

Reviews and Scores: Vintage 2007, 84/100 , Wine Spectator

1x Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Rioja Crianza Rioja Silver MEDAL Winner 2014

This 100% Tempranillo Rioja Crianza wine was recently rebranded with the same name as its celebrated Riserva stable-mate, as Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Rioja Crianza. The title crianza means this a medium aged wine; up to 18 months.

Tempranillo is the premium red wine grape variety, notably from the Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions in Spain. Tempranillo’s aromas and flavours often combine elements of berry fruit, herbs, and an earthy-leathery minerality. Being low in acidity and sugar content, it is commonly blended with Carignan (Mazuela), Grenache (Garnacha), Graciano, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. This example has plenty of acidity which rounds out the fruit and oak, nicely.

Lovely example of a tasty Tempranillo fruit with nice balancing acidity. This is a wine that cries out for food. Dark and intoxicating hues and aromas hit you with a strong attack of integrated oak and fruit. If you open it and leave it alone for 2 hours you will be handsomely repaid.

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