Regular award-winner, a fine example of an authentic Oloroso. This is a beautifully bright amber coloured sherry with intense and classic oloroso aromas of walnuts, almonds and dried fruit. Luscious yet perfectly balanced this is a deliciously rich, dry style with a smooth finish.
Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez solera sherries are macerated with wormwood, clove, orange peel, nutmeg, angelica and quinine, to produce a unique wine with all the flavours and aromas of a classic Vermouth paired with delicious sherry undertones.
Shortly after a gently press the wine is fermented in old sherry casks, previously used for Manzanilla Pasada, and left in contact with fine lees for more than 6 months. Full of character this wine is buttery with good volume, and a surprising touch of saltiness. Great length on the finish.
Ruby red colour with violet tints. On the nose it is fresh and elegant with characteristic aromas of cherry and red fruits typical of this variety. Light, harmonic and round on the palate with soft tannins.
The Collection 12 year old Amontillado originates from the Collection Fino, with at least a further 4 years of oxidative ageing. This adds some nuttiness while maintaining the freshness of the Fino character. Delightful
Pastrana is a single vineyard, on the crest of a hill near the sea, therefore cooled by the sea breezes. These grapes have great intensity of flavour. The wines are aged for longer in American oak casks than La Gitana Manzanilla. Pasada Pastrana is deeper coloured as a result, and is savoury, refreshing and hugely complex.
A pungent aperitif, but also great with many foods: Tapas, soup, dry cheeses and even beef. Intensely rich pervading walnut aromas. The palate is dry, intense, rich and deep with a long and powerful flavour.
Viña Arroba, meaning “enchanted vineyard” is a captivating wine from Spain’s sun-drenched vineyards. This crisp and refreshing white wine has flavours of stone and tropical fruit and ripe apple. A lovely match to grilled fish, creamy pasta and risotto.
A small family-run bodega near the village of Navarrete, in the heart of Rioja D.O.C., making wines of great integrity and some finesse. It was founded in 1918 and is today run by Antonio Navajas and his wife. This is a big favourite of many of our customers and on a 'value for money' basis it is not hard to understand why.
Parker 95 "from a warm and ripe year, but the wine doesn't show heat. It feels a little riper than the 2007 I tasted next to it. It has more depth and complexity than the Gravonia, with the aromatic profile closer to a white Hermitage than any other white I can think of. The palate is bone dry, with some austerity and pungent flavors, where the flavors include lemon peel, beeswax, herbal tea and dry hay."
Tim Atkin 96
The Bosconia vineyard, which has always been vinified separately at the winery, has more clay in the soil and tends to produce richer, plumper wines that are priced below Tondonia. This cuvée of Tempranillo with 10% Garnacha and 5% each of Graciano and Mazuelo has caressing sweetness, supple tannins and notes of dill and tobacco. 2019-28
James Suckling 95
A stunning vintage of this Rioja classic. Ripe and concentrated, yet cool and delicate with tons of fine tannin. Lots of earthy, autumnal Burgundy-like nuances, as well as notes of violets and plums. Long, complete finish. Drink or hold.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 93
2006 was a hard year to follow, even if 2007 was a great year in Rioja and exceptional for López de Heredia. The 2007 Viña Bosconia Reserva shows a little tannic, fulfilling the reputation for being a more rustic wine than Viña Tondonia. There are notes of chocolate-covered cherries and hints of forest floor...
Very pale golden yellow. Highly perfumed nose exhibiting tropical and white flower notes. A sweet wine unfurling a pronounced fruit sensation on the palate and delicate acidity on the finish. Drink well-chilled. Ideal as an aperitif.
This stylish Albarino is a stand out great value white. Poised, with bracing acidity and a touch of Atlantic salinity it also has serious weight of fruit and concentration, with a rich citrusy palate and long finish. Try it with prawns, bass, hake, anything from the sea, or on its own.
This modern, crisp white demonstrates bright citrus characteristics on the nose, while offering deliciously vibrant apple fruit flavours and a zesty twang courtesy of the Sauvignon Blanc on the palate. A long clean finish with hints of grapefruit.
Crisp white fruit and apricot nose with a light nutty element and a Meursault-esque butteriness. Dry, soft but fresh acidity. A lovely depth of mineral laced, grassy white fruit with hints of apricot and nuts. Xarel-lo 100%
In the little town of Vilafranca del Penedes in Cataluña, Irene and Laurent are challenging the traditional perception of DO Penedes wine.
Converting their vineyards from the typical Penedes high yields and abandoning all forms of chemical treatment and fertilisers, they follow basic organic practices. Much of the construction and equipping of their cellar was modest and homemade, including building their own tanks. Production remains small, yet as they identify further small vineyard sites their range has extended to include distinctive wines from the indigenous varietal Xarel-lo, which they choose to do extended fermentation with, using indigenous yeast and it is then left on its lees to increase the richness and compexity.
With vines trained gobelet style, the vineyards are approximately 45 years old, on clay and limestone soils, yielding approximately 4000 kg / Ha. Practicing lutte raisonnée.
Vinification in 228l and 700l french oak barrels, fermented with wild yeast, after fermentation 2/3 parts are aged in 700 litre French oak barrels and 1/3 parts in stainless steel.
Fruity aromas enveloped by noble woods, with hints of vanilla and toast. Suggestive, enveloping and polished. Palate: It fills the mouth without aggressiveness, smooth and round. Ready to drink, although it can be saved some years.