A delicious 100% Macabeo from Carinena
A quirky, partial skin contact white from the volcanic soils of Tenerife! Made from local grape varieties, harvested from a mix-planted vineyard (from which the wine takes the name Taganan); some are yet to be identified!
100% Chenin Blanc from Spain??? Sure, why not? Looks a little like and kind of smells like Irn Bru.
SWiG Note: Honeysuckle, lemon pith, and clotted cream on the nose, with just a hint of struck match. There's orange flower water there too. This is definitely a "shove your nose in there a bunch of times because it'll be different with every sniff" sort of wine. The palate is a great combination of power and subtle nuance. There are some big flavours there - ripe tropical fruit notes, creamy touches, textured oak, but also lighter floral edges and gentle spice as well. This is quite awesome right now - a stonking mouth full of wine - but with age it will mellow a bit. Delicious now, but worth sticking down if you've got the patience. 13.5% Drink now - 2020
Surprisingly deep in colour for Garnacha, with a hint of purple around the rim to indicate its youthful vibrancy! The first impression is of plump black olives dusted with freshly ground pepper. This segues into a more voluptuous undertone of squashed, juicy black and red cherries, baking spice and delicate violets add an extra touch of finesse. Sweet balsamic tomato adds a savoury tang, backed up by a tangible rusticity that speaks to me of pine resin and the moors in late summer - fragrant, crunchy gorse and heather. Drink now-2016
Beautiful old vine Grenache (Garnacha). This is phemonenal value. Lovely light berry with a touch of spice.
This is a bit of a "how did they do that?!" wine. As in, how on earth do they manage to get that much intensity of flavour into a bottle for that little money?
Fresh, pure Grenache/Garnacha from high altitude vineyards in the beautiful region of Navarra. Surprisingly deep in colour for Spanish Garnacha; the Navarra style can often be targeted at creating a lighter wine, perhaps due to the abundance of big, powerful reds from the rest of Spain. Think Spain’s answer to Pinot Noir (not that it should be seen as a replacement for wonderful Pinot Noir in any way!). This wine is full of squashy black cherry and blueberry character, with a dusting of dark cocoa powder; also a hint of violets. Rich and opulent, yet somehow still bright and fresh, it has a lovely firm tannic grip, making it a great partner to darker meats, such as roast pork and crackling or beef wellington. 14%. Drink now – 2019.
A blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 34% Grenache and 6% Tempranillo, from an obscure corner of Navarra.
A fabulous Ribera del Duero and a favourite of team SWiG. Intense cherry red, with bright fruit and hints of spice, tobacco and toffee. Grippy tannins, but smooth and velvety on the palate. Outstanding value from the region.
This is blindingly good. It's deep and gorgeous with cocoa and berries.
Gorgeous Priorat from the brilliant Celler Joan Simo. Ultra smooth. Ripe, opulent blackberry, cherry preserve and raspberry compote with a pinch of spice cinnamon, liquorice and clove and a light dusting of dark cocoa powder.
An utterly glorious Cava from a long-established, traditional family producer.
Softly stewed apples mingle with preserved lemon, almond nuttiness and a fresh loaf of sourdough.
A stunning sherry that sits halfway between a 'fino' and an 'amontillado'