Los vinos de aquellas zonas que no consideraría, según The Irish Examiner

“Los mejores vinos españoles para catar ahora mismo” es la propuesta que lanza el diario irlandés The Irish Examiner. Leslie Williams, su experto en vinos, anima a probar seis marcas españolas “de regiones que normalmente no consideraría”. Williams cuenta también que el vino representa el 27 % del alcohol en Irlanda (es el segundo después de la cerveza) y que su país todavía compra más de una cuarta parte de las botellas que consume a Chile. Los vinos españoles, que en 2013 ocupaban el sexto lugar, están ahora en el segundo puesto. 

En su reportaje están representadas la IGP Vinos de la Tierra de Castilla y denominaciones de origen como Ribeiro, Monterrei o Penedès. Los vinos se dividen entre aquellos que en Irlanda cuestan menos y más de quince euros. 

Wines Under €15

Kuli Calaca Blanc de Noirs, VdT Castilla, Spain – €13.95

From Bodegas Señorio de Iniesta around 90 minutes drive west of Valencia and one of the many interesting Spanish wines imported by Boutique Wines. This is a white made from the red Bobal grape common to this region. Bright crisp apple aromas, ripe and fruity with soft tropical fruits and a crisp finish. Also consider their textured fruity Petit Verdot.

M&S Terrenal Garnacha, Spain – €8.80

This is a great value red from M&S, sourced from a winery in Northeast Spain near the Pyrenees – they are shy about the exact region but I’m guessing Somontona or somewhere nearby. This is bright and juicy with sweet red fruits and just enough texture to allow it to work with food – I recommend serving this lightly chilled with a barbecue or maybe pizza.

Mureda Tempranillo-Syrah Organic, Castilla La Mancha, Spain – €9.99

Vino de la Tierra de la Castilla covers a large region in Central Spain and you never know what you will find from Bobal to Petit Verdot to Sauvignon Blanc. The Mureda range is great value and solidly reliable with fizz, rosé and sauvignon in the range. This has bright liquorice and plum aromas, soft ripe red and darker fruits on the palate and good persistence.

Wines Over €15

Pazo do Mar Blanco, Ribeiro, Galicia, Spain – €15.95

One of three wines from Boutique this week and I include this partly so I can mention the grapes it contains, all underrated: Treixadura, Albariño, Loureira, Godello and Torrontés (unrelated to Argentine Torrontés). This is gorgeous, a layered floral, tropical nose with a tiny hint of spritz on the palate opening up the layers of pineapple and lime fruit flavours and a bonus & unexpected zingy crisp finish.

Lagar da Xestosa Godello, Monterrei, Spain – €16.50

Monterrei is in Southern Galicia just over the River Miño from Portugal and a fine source for bright fruity red Mencía or textured whites from Treixadura, Albariño and Godello. This is a solid example with creamy bitter lemon aromas, layered, mineral and fruit driven with texture and freshness. The Alma de Autor Mencía from the same importer is also excellent for just €3 more.

Heretat Mont Rubí White, Penedès, Spain – €17.00 (was €20)

This is on offer at the moment and is a fine introduction to the joys of Xarel-lo, Catalonia’s best white grape and the star in most Cava and Corpinnat giving them body, density and acidity and allowing them to age into biscuity wondrousness. This has white flower and pear drop aromas with textured stony herbal freshness that few Chablis or Sancerre can manage and certainly not at this price.
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