Spanish white wine - the new Sauvignon Blanc?
While the world has embraced Sauvignon Blanc as the ultimate fresh white drop to start a meal - or indeed an evening - the producers in north-western Spanish areas such as Valdeorras, Bierzo and Rias Baixas have been quietly getting on with their craft with far less recognition than they deserve. In these areas of Spain cooler climates dominate and the landscape is in marked contrast to the sun-kissed spots further south, and even the vines look different to the more famous counterparts elsewhere in the country. The lower temperatures, less intense seasons and more rugged terrains are perfect for higher acidity grape varieties for which the north west excels. Of course many of us have been happily quaffing this nectar for some time, but it is only comparatively recently that this style of Spanish white wine has made many wine drinkers sit up and pay attention. The vibrancy these wines possess is remarkable and although Sauvignon has plenty of appeal we constantly look to Spanish whites as a very fine way to lift the palate.
15% off any 6 bottles or more of the following wines while stocks last...
Rafael Palacios ‘Bolo’ Godello, Valdeorras 2013 £12.99
Rafael Palacios ‘Louro’ Godello, Valdeorras 2013 £16.99
Dominio de Tares Godello 2012 £21.99
Rafael Palacios, As Sortes, Godello 2012 £33.99
Zios Albariño 2012 £13.99
Zarate Albariño, Rias Baixas 2013 £14.99
31st August 2013
Some fine berried fruit aromas with nice leather and spice notes. Deceptively full with some nicely controlled power. Good acidity and ripe tannins, with classic Southern Hemisphere Malbec character. Mulberries, bramble fruit and leather flavours, with an impressive structure for the price.