Friday, November 19, 2010

New Wines from Spain - Castellroig

Spanish wines are on a good run at the moment. Really interesting wines are coming out of new, emerging wine regions such as Bierzo, Cigales, Yecla as well as the establishment of Rioja and Ribera del Duero. Wines that are ripe, well-made yet have the character that people who like wine are looking for AND offer great value for money.
Carol went on holidays in northeastern Spain this year and went on a bit of a tasting binge. As well as tasting with the great and the good of Priorat, she also came across what we think might be a gem in a winery from Penedes called Castellroig.
Best known and widely acclaimed as a Cava producer, they also make a range of reds and whites, with really no weak wines in their whole range.
We have brought in their entry level white - a Xarello (a grape variety usually used for Cava). It is a delicious, bright, aromatic fruity wine which has a lovely clean mineral finish.
The red is Ull de Llebre, also known as Tempranillo. It gets 10 months in oak, is quite full bodied, really smooth, well-balanced and very tasty indeed.
We also brought in their Cava Brut - a world apart from "normal" Cava, this has concentration and complexity and finesse and is a really delicious sparkler.
The Cava is €20, the red and the white are both €15.
On tasting this weekend...

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