Since Spain has more land under vine than anywhere else, it is perhaps surprising that so much attention is directed onto just three areas (Rioja, Ribera and Priorat).
Indeed, Spain has more than 60 Denominación de Origen designated areas and that offers plenty of scope for talented, often young, winemakers to make a name for themselves quickly.
Since many of those areas are also home to great value wines, no one will be surprised that it is to two such areas that today’s Top Tips feature heads.
The prices of both this time’s selections start with a “5” – one of them courtesy of a 30%+ discount – yet both are a joy to drink.
So, see what you think.
Again, pictures and hyperlinks are provided where possible to guide you towards the correct wine.
Bang on form and singing
Although verdejo wines are prone to fading earlier than many varieties, this latest vintage version is on top form right now.
Smooth and aromatic, 2021 Extra Special Rueda (Currently £5 – instead of £5.50 – at Asda) displays textured apple and greengage flavours embellished by lemon acidity and given contrast by traces of sage and nutty richness.
That assessment provides further testimony that Spain’s Rueda region really is prime verdejo country.
Great price, classy wine
Take full advantage, I would urge you, of the generous discount on this three-grape blend (garnacha, tempranillo and graciano) from Spain’s Navarra region.
Left to breathe, 2015 Castillo de Olite Navarra (£5.99 – instead of £8.99 until 12 July – at Waitrose) rewards you with soft but intense, ripe bramble and blueberry flavours accompanied by invigorating acidic flourish.
Also firmly in evidence are well-judged oak components that smooth the wine and introduce vanilla and chocolate influences.
Tesco have a 25% off multi-buy promotion running until today and details appear on their website here. As is usual now for this retailer, this only applies to Clubcard holders and seems to be on “selected items”.
My next post (on Thursday) contains details of promotions at major supermarkets and discloses my current choices for Friday Night Specials and for Sunday Best options – join me then.
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