Put a taste of Spring in your glass with some new wave Spanish wines.
Updated: Feb 28, 2021
In the past few years, few other wine-producing countries have rediscovered itself in the way Spain has. There has been a veritable revolution in the way wine is made there and no longer relies on Tempranillo or Rioja as it’s the main calling card. Today, new regions, new (or should we say old) grape varieties and winemaking methods from times gone past are at the forefront of innovative Spanish winemaking. Gone are the days of over-oaked, tired wines to be replaced by vibrant, energetic wines brimming with fruit and life.
Valencia is a region that right now is a hotbed of activity (see Can Leandro below). Old grape varieties such as Mersegeura, Bonicaire and Giro are being revitalised and made using organic viticulture and low intervention methods.
Verum in Castilla La Mancha are tearing up the script in an area where in the past rich yet dull wines were made. Winemaker Elias Lopez-Montero is getting rave reviews from wine critics for his flavourful and balanced wines made in Tinajas (clay vessels) from local grape varieties. Meanwhile, in the hills above Barcelona, Can Rafols del Caus produce aromatic and expressive whites and sculpted food-friendly reds from their organic estate – the Terraprima line is a great introduction to the range made from vines owner Carlos Esteva rescued from being turned into a quarry.
The great news for consumers is that these wines are extremely food-friendly, are not overly heavy and alcohol levels are reasonable considering the global warming trend. Now is a perfect time to give these wines a try as we head into Spring and we start to eat less heavy food and the air heats up (here's hoping!) Head down to your local independent wine merchant to give new wave Spain a try or alternatively have a look at our selection below on www.h2gwines.ie
New Wave Spanish Wines to try
Terra Prima White, Can Rafols del Caus Penedes DO
Made in the hills to the southwest of Barcelona mainly made with the indigenous Xarel-lo aged in Chestnut barrels for a rich mouthfeel.
Organically Certified. 22.95
La Vella Blanco, Can Leandro Valencia DO
A Merseguera led blend with more than a passing resemblance to white wines from Southern Burgundy with lots of stone fruit. 19.95
Ulterior Albillo Real, Bodegas Verum Castilla La Mancha
Made from 100% Albillo Real a noble grape variety from Castilla. This is a complex and fresh white with orchard fruit, quince and lots of minerality.
Organically Certified 25.00
Terra Prima Red, Can Rafols del Caus Penedes DO
A Cabernet Franc/Garnacha/Syrah blend aged in oak with lots and lots of energy.
Organically certified 22.95
Panxut Tinto, Can Leandro Valencia DO
A single-vineyard wine made from old vine Bonicaire. This is a wine with a lot of energy that would appeal to lovers of Nebbiolo and juicy Pinot Noir. 24.50
Ulterior Mazuelo, Bodegas Verum Castilla La Mancha
A rich and complex wine made from 100% Mazuelo (aka Carignan) grapes. Dark berry fruit, spice, smoke and balsamic notes with some secondary development. Full-bodied and rich with a juicy core and ripe round tannins.
Organically certified 25.00
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