Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2018 edition review of Spanish Value Wines (under £20); (see blue link below).
The dream of Adur began when Maitena and Héctor Gómez were establishing their winemaking careers. As their abilities and command of the winemaking process grew, they began to think of a winery of their own. The pull of Maitena’s family roots led them back to the Basque country, in the tiny Txakolina Getariako DO.
Sourced from 3 hectares of vines in Getaria, the yields are carefully controlled in order extract maximum intensity of aromas from the Hondarribi Zuri grape.
Fermentation takes place in French barrels all from the first press at a temperature of 12 ºC. 10% of the wine then undergoes malolactic to slightly reduce the acidity and provide more weight and balance on the palate. The Txakoli is then left in contact with the lees for 6 months to add volume and texture.
Wonderfully intense and elegant on the nose with white fruit, pear, fresh herbs and citrus notes. The palate is searingly fresh with poise and tension, notable salinity a long, complex finish.
This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2018 edition review of Galician Whites; (see blue link below).
The grapes for this lively wine come from some of the best sites in the Avia Valley and were hand harvested in September. They then undergo a whole bunch cold soak for eight hours. They are then crushed and pressed and fermented for 14 days at controlled temperatures of 16C in stainless steel tanks. There is no malolactic fermentation.
Ailala Treixadura is pale gold in colour with lively reflections. There are clean, powerful aromatics on the nose with apricot, white flowers and a sort of saline, sea-shell undertone. Spices such as clove, mint and fennel are also present. The palate displays sweet lemon and ripe melon with plenty of zing and grapefruit peel. A wine of great complexity and style and with bags of character. Treixadura is truly a noble grape!
This delicate, noble white pairs excellently with all seafood; crab linguine, steamed razor clams, or pan-fried seabass.
The 2015 vintage was awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2018 edition review of Galician Whites (but was alas already sold out by the release of the magazine!); (see blue link below).
Adega Algueira is responsible for producing some of the most interesting and esoteric wines this side of the equator. It’s interesting to think that the Old World is still capable of throwing up a few surprises using native grape varieties. Former El Bulli sommelier, Ferran Centelles, is not a man prone to hyperbole, so when he described Adega Algueira as ‘truly a revelation,’ the world sat up and took notice. Located in the spectacular Galician region of Ribeira Sacra, the hard work starts in the vineyard. The impossibly steep slopes can only be compared to those in the Mosel in Germany where it is only possible to pick the grapes by hand. The winery utilises biodynamic practices across its land and uses wild yeast to ferment the wines. Grapes like Merenzao, Alvarello, Loureiro or Treixadura may sound a little strange and intimidating, but our advice is to dive straight in.
The Algueira winery is located in the midst of old chestnut and oak tree forests,on the banks of the river Sil, where the monks built their monasteries back in the 12th Century, A scenario which reflects the calm and peacefulness necessary for the creation of their wines. The building is integrated into the surrounding nature, and it resembles a monastic Romanesque building. The winery relies on leading, new technologies to make and bottle their wine.
This wine was fermented in stainless steel without yeast inoculation and was then aged for one year in bottle.
This white wine is made from a blend of Spanish grape varieties, mostly Godello and Albarino. It is a fresh and fruity wine, with floral aromas and flavours of citrus and melon. Flavours of peach and nectarine are well-balanced by fresh citrus fruit. This wine is characterised by its creamy texture and silky finish.
Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2018 edition review of Galician Whites; (see blue link below).
The winery was founded by José Pérez Pousa on the banks of the Miño river in 2014, with the wish to preserve the tradition of their native land, where wine has been produced since the 2nd century BCE. The wine is named ‘alter’ to mean ‘another wine more’ in Latin.
Alter has 24 hectares of its own vineyards, which are divided into 168 small plots planted with native white varieties Treixadura, Godello and Loureira. The vines are on average 15-30 years old and are planted on decomposed granite, with sand and clay. The vineyards benefit from a perfect mesoclimate with good diurnal ranges particularly during the growing season. Fruit is able to fully ripen while retaining fresh acidity.
The 2016 harvest started a little later than in 2015 in Ribeiro and took place steadily over six weeks. Fruit was high in quality even with volumes being down by 18% largely due to heavy spring rains and outbreaks of mildew in April and May. The adverse weather had a greater impact on non-indigenous grapes than it did for local grapes such as Treixadura and Loureira.
The wine is a blend of 80% Treixadura, 15% Godello and 5% Loureira fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and then aged on the lees for 3-6 months to add depth.
The wine is aromatic with aromas of white flowers, grapefruit and green apple. The palate is lively with brisk acidity, white peach and a delightful savouriness that prompts you to reach for another glass.
This wine is produced following the traditional method used in the Rioja region for white wines. After harvesting, the Viura bunches undergo static maceration without destocking for 18 hours in order to liberate aromas. The grapes are then left to settle at 5ºC and following this alcoholic fermentation takes place in French oak barrels. The wine is left on its lees and in total remains in barrel for 6 months. Following bottling in October 2013 the wine will remain in bottle for 6 more months before being released to the market.
Beronia Viura Barrel Fermented 2012 shows a bright yellow-green colour with golden highlights. On the nose it is fine and elegant with citric and herb aromas. It shows subtle notes of oak and cinnamon due to the time it has spent in barrel. On the palate, the flavours are fresh and full as well as fruity and sweet. This wine is silky and flavourful with a long finish.
Serve well chilled with oily fish, smoked fish and meats or white meats.
The Viura for this wine was harvested at the end of September 2015. This variety gives fruity wines with floral notes, however also has noteable acidity. The grapes underwent static maceration without destalking for 16 hours. Alcoholic fermentation was carried out at 14°C - 16°C for 15 days. The wine was bottled in January 2016 and was held in bottle for two months before being released to the market.
This Viura 2015 shows a bright yellow green colour. On the nose it is fresh with intense herbal aromas including fennel. There is also a notable presence of white fruits such as pear and surprisingly also orange peel. On the palate this wine is full, round and lively with aniseed notes which together with the fruit gives freshness. It is long and persistent.
This young, fresh wine should be served well chilled and is ideal with salads, fish and white meats.
The 2016 vintage was awarded 89 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2017 edition review of Rueda Verdejos (see blue link below). We appreciate it is subjective, but we judge the 2015 to be of equal quality and drinkability, and the 2016 will be coming (y)our way soon!
The special personality of Beronia Rueda Verdejo comes from the perfect unión of the Verdejo variety and the ‘cascajoso’ stony soil of the region. The vineyard, well ventilated, rich in calcium, magnesium and with excellent drainage, give this Beronia Rueda a unique character.
This a wine (unusually) produced from two different harvests in the same vineyard. An early harvest with fermentation at high temperatures in order to achieve an explosion of aromas and notes of ripe stone fruits. Then a second later harvest fermentated at lower temperatures looking for maturity and more concentration and complexity on the palate. The resulting wine is a blend of the two distinct winemaking techniques to achieve an aromatic wine which is fresh, flavoursome and, at the same time, complex.
Beronia Rueda 2015 shows a bright pale yellow colour with a hint of green. An intense nose with vibrant and persistant herbal, grassy aromas, typical of Verdejo. On the palate it is full, fruity and dry with a long finish. This 2015 vintage shows and extremely textured mouth due to the quality of the skins giving fine lees. The wine has a balanced acidity and an attractive bitterness that is characteristic of this variety.
This wine should always be served chilled. Ideal with salads or fish, also with white or lean meat dishes.
Aromas and flavours of peaches, melons and honey, offset by hints of crisp fresh citrus fruit. A medium-bodied wine with a long finish.
Duquesa de Valladolid combines the viticultural and winemaking know-how that winemaker Luisa Freire gained working at Santiago Ruiz in Galicia to elevate the distinctive hint of aromatic herbs and punchy finish of Verdejo to a new level. The grapes are from a 15-year-old vineyard and are harvested during the cool of the evening to ensure freshness.
Grapes are grown in vineyards at 600 to 800 metres above sea level, where the trellis system has been adopted for 15 to 30 years. The soils are composed of gravel and are poor in organic matter with low water retention.
Grapes were harvested at night to ensure that optimum freshness was preserved. The grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed prior to fermentation, which was at low temperatures for three weeks in order to obtain maximum aromatic extraction. The wine is then subject to post-fermentative lees ageing prior to bottling to bring out a slightly savoury note.
The wine is pale straw yellow in colour with youthful green hues. On the nose, it has tropical aromas of pineapple accompanied by white flowers and hay. On the palate, it has crisp acidity, characteristic of the Verdejo variety and a balanced and lively finish.
Santiago Ruiz came from a tradition of winemakers in Galicia, with his grandfather being one of the first to produce and bottle wines in the region in 1860. A staunch defender of quality Albariño, as well as the area’s other indigenous varieties, Santiago became an ambassador for the wines of Rías Baixas. Today, the estate is managed by his winemaker daughter Rosa Ruiz, including the new winery built in 2007 and fully equipped with the latest advances in technology for making her clean, expressive white wines.
The O Rosal area enjoys a privileged location within the Rías Baixas DO, with more sun exposure and lower rainfall than other subzones. Santiago Ruiz’s 38 hectares are planted with native white grape varieties including Albariño, Loureiro, Treixadura, Caíño Blanco and Godello. This site benefits from an even more favourable microclimate thanks to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the Miño River. Trained along trellises, the fruit experiences optimal aeration and sun exposure, leading to excellent grape maturation.
2016 was a mixed vintage. Periods of rain and hail threatened the quantity and quality of fruit but bright, sunny weather spells allowed vines to recover and reach optimal maturity levels while reducing the incidence of Botrytis caused by the rains. Such conditions forced wine growers to work diligently in the vineyards and that hard work was rewarded with wines of distinct quality and balance.
Gentle maceration of grapes occurs during a soft pressing. After the sediments have been settled for 15 to 20 hours, the juice is fermented at controlled temperatures between 16-17ºC for 20-21 days. Each variety is vinified separately and then blended to produce the distinctive Santiago Ruiz style.
This wine is yellow straw in colour with green reflections. The nose is very aromatic, with pear, apple and citrus fruit characters, aniseed and some subtle spicy notes. Concentrated flavours on the palate are carefully balanced by clean acidity and stony minerality. A very flavourful wine with a long and crisp finish.
This wine is a delicate yellow colour with hints of golden straw. The aromas are floral with the predominant notes being jasmine and honeysuckle. There is also some stonefruit influence including ripe peaches and a little spice. It is dry and crisp with citrus flavours and a pleasant mineralit with a good but noticeable level of acidity. Its finish is very elegant and crisp. This wine works tremendously well with spicy dishes such as Thai food - alternatively why not try it with a spicy paella?!
The guiding philosophy of Protos is "Quality above all". For this reason, the whole process leading to the production of their wine undergoes an in-depth analysis. The vineyards are controlled exhaustively by both technicians and experts throughout the growth cycle, yielding a production of the highest quality. This also gives them in-depth information about all the grapes to be used before they reach the winery.
Harvesting for this wine is done at night, is 100% manual and the production was gathered in 20-kilo boxes; the grapes are then spread over sorting tables. This allows them to guarantee that only completely healthy, whole grapes reach the fermentation tanks. After fermentation this wine spends a further 3 months resting on its fine lees (indeed, the 2017 vintage, made identically to this and soon to arrive in the UK, is labelled as a sobre lias).
This wine has a greenish straw colour and is bright and clean. The Protos Verdejo is powerful yet fruity with green apple, citrus and tropical fruit aromas as well as white blossoms, fragant herbs and fennel hints. The flavours are very fresh, with good acidity, fruity, well balanced flavours. It is a complex wine, with a long finish.
This wine is the perfect match for fish and seafood dishes as well as vegetable soups and soufflés.
Intense and clean fruit aromas in this vintage, topped by citrics and white fruits such as banana and sweet pear, accompanied by light aniseed tones. Aromas enhanced by the cold maceration. This 2014 vintage shines by its strength and intensity on the palate. This crisp white wine maintains a balance of acidity and fruit density. Broad and citrus after nose with a long finish.
This wine is made in a ''house wine'' style from the DO of Navarra which reflects a modern and classy approach to winemaking with top results. The Campo Nuevo wines display classic varietal character and represent great value for money.
The Campo Nuevo Blanco is smooth, fresh, dry and well-balanced with delicate mineral and apple flavours.
This wine can be enjoyed on its own or with lighter style dishes such as; braised pork loin cutlets with thyme-lemon sauce, salmon and rice wrapped in pastry with dill sauce or dandelion salad with warm hazelnut vinaigrette.